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-- 2017 --

CAPPER, Tom C., 71 - of Aurora, Illinois, formerly of DeWitt, Iowa passed away August 9, 2017.

Tom was born on August 18, 1945 in Clinton, Iowa, and a 1963 graduate of Central Community Schools of DeWitt, IA. He served in the U.S. Army.

He was an Air Traffic Controller for many years at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois, and worked in the West Wing of ZAU.

Tom is survived by his twin sister: Bonnie (Bob) Capper-Eckstein of Maple Grove, Minnesota.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM, Friday, August 11, 2017 at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

(If anyone has a photo of  Tom, or other information, please send it to me.)
 

HOULIHAN, John Bruce, 72 - of Oswego, Illinois passed away August 8, 2017.

Bruce was born on March 25, 1945.

He was an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois and worked in the North Area at ZAU.

Bruce had a stroke a number of years ago and was using a cane.

The McKeown-Dunn Family Funeral Home, in Oswego, IL has stated that no services are planned.

(If anyone has a photo of Bruce, or other information, please send it to me.)
 

STARCK, Terry W., 57 - of Batavia, Illinois passed away July 9, 2017 in Oak Park, IL. Terry was born on January 11, 1960 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was killed in an auto accident on Randall Road.

He was an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL for over 31 years, and had retired from ZAU about 18 months ago, and then returned to ZAU as an instructor.

His family was his hobby, his wife, Paulette, children and granddaughters were his entire world, and he would drop everything at a moment's notice to help them. They enjoyed great holiday traditions, unforgettable vacations or just being together at home.

Terry is survived by his wife, Paulette; 2 daughters: Elizabeth (Jeremy)  McGinty of Sugar Grove, IL, and Valerie (Fiance Jacob Johnsen, of DeKalb) of Batavia; 2 granddaughters: Gwendolyn and Isla McGinty; his mother Marilyn stack and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on July 17, 2017 at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia, IL.

Memorial contributions in Terry's memory may be directed to St. Jude's Children Hospital  https://www.stjude.org
 

JOHNSON, David W. 'Pops' 'Doc', 59 - of Naperville, Illinois passed away July 26, 2017 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, surrounded by family.

He was born on July 20, 1958 in Aurora, IL.

David was a graduate of Oswego High School, class of 1976. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL in the West Wing/SW Area, for 28 years, and retired in 2014.

Dave was extremely active in his children's lives and was a "dad" to their many friends. A lifelong athlete, he enjoyed all sports and coached many of his children's teams.

David is survived by his children: Taylor (Emanuel) Hambelant; Tarrah Johnson, Lucas Johnson, Gabriel Johnson and U'neek Ramsey and their mother: Gina Johnson; grandchildren: Jax Hambelant and Brooklyn Trim.

A celebration of David's life took  place on July 30 with interment private.

Donations may be made leaving a lasting tribute to Dave's life to the Edward Foundation; 801 S. Washington St.; Naperville, IL 60540
 

DeBROUX, Carl H., 82, -(1935-2017) of North Aurora, Illinois passed away July 25, 2017.

He was born on June 27, 1935 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

Carl was an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois. Carl may have worked in the East Terminal area. He may have also worked in the West Terminal Area.

Someone else said that Carl was a local PATCO president at one time and also that he worked mostly in the East Wing and East Terminal areas.

In the early 90s he worked in QA and also in the South Area (A-B row)

After 1970 'sick-out/slowdown', he left for law school and became a rather good lawyer in Aurora.

 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years: Jan (Pendleton) DeBroux; 2 children: Tom (Susan) DeBroux, and Melissa (John) Held; 9 siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM from the Daleiden Mortuary to Blessed Sacrament Church; 801 West Oak Street; North Aurora, IL at 10:30 AM.

Visitation will be held Monday, July 31, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a Liturgical Wake Service at 2:00 PM at the Daleiden Mortuary; 220 North Lake Street; Aurora, IL.

You are invited to sign a guest book or leave condolences for Carl's family at: www.daleidenmortuary.com
 

HALE, Harold G., 79 - (1938-2017) of Rotonda West, Florida passed away July 9, 2017 at his residence.

He was born on March 28, 1938 in Barbourville, Kentucky.

Harold was a retired Air Traffic Control Manager for the FAA at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois. He later transferred to Indianapolis ARTCC. He was also a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Englewood, FL. He was also active in the Venice Theatre and loved to play golf.

He is survived by his family, 2 sisters: Barbara Ann McHugh of St. Clair, Michigan, and Betty Sue Hale of China Township, Michigan; and 2 brothers: Ray E. Hale of Chesterfield, MI, and Bobby J. Hale of Houston, Texas.

Memorial services will be held July 28, 2017 at Redeemer Lutheran Church; 6970 Mineola Road; Englewood, Florida. Military honors by a U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, and Interment in the church Memorial Garden.

Memorial contributions in Harold's memory may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church..

Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to sign the guest book and extend condolences.
 

 

COULTER, Philip Raymond, 93 - (1924-2017) of Sandwich, Illinois, formerly of Pharr, Texas, passed away June 9, 2017. He was born February 29, 1924 in a beet shack along the Poudre River, East of Fort Collins, Colorado during a raging late winter blizzard.

In 1926 the family moved to Texarkana, Arkansas. He attended Union School in 1933, when they moved across the state line to Lubbock Street and he attended Central School, Junion High, and Texas Senior High School.

In 1940 he enlisted in the Texas National Guard. In November was inducted into the service for one year, and stationed at Ft. Bliss, Ft. Clark and other border forts. In 1942 he was stationed with the American Division in New Caledonia.

In 1943 he became an aviation cadet. He returned to the states, training in the South-East Command. In 1944 he was assigned copilot of a B-24 crew and was stationed in the CBI with the 436th Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Group. He flew gas missions over the hump to China, bombed in Burma, and Siam, flying 55 missions. He also flew 17 missions during the central Burma campaign with the 4th Combat Cargo.

Phil returned to the states in 1945 and received a college entrance diploma. He took a job with the CAA and was stationed in Chadron, Nebraska where he joined the Elks Lodge. He transferred to Scottsbluff, NE and met and married his wife: Jacie Kirk in 1950.

 In 1954 he transferred to Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois where he served as a Team Supervisor in the North Wing.

He retired in 1979 and attended the College of DuPage and earned an Associate Degree in transportation. He worked part-time as a travel agent and a sample collector for the Zion and Byron Nuclear Power Stations. Phil and Jacie traveled the U.S. in a motorhome and moved to Pharr, Texas. After Phil suffered a stroke in 2006, they purchased a summer home in Sandwich, Illinois.

   

 93rd Birthday (March, 2017)     |    Family Remembering Philip Coulter


Phil is survived by his wife of 67 years: Jacie; 2 daughters: Jorja Janine and Jana Audene; 2 sons: Kirk Stuart and Cory Alan; 4 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cremation Rites were accorded to Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home in Sandwich, Illinois.

An online guest book may be signed at:   www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com
 

CARTER, Robert Allen 'Bob', 87 - of Dunnellon, FL, passed away June 7, 2017, under the care of Legacy House Hospice; Ocala, Florida. 

Bob was born on December 20, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Rundle Carter.

He grew up in St. Paul, MN and after graduation for St. Paul Public High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, served at Point Mugu,
California and was discharged honorably as an Air Traffic Controller.

He was a team Supervisor at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois, and retired in 1984 after 32 years of service.

Bob enjoyed playing football, baseball and skiing as a young man, and became an avid golfer and ultimately in his retirement raised horses, playing polo as well as breeding and caring for his horses.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ann Carter; children Kathleen (Jim) Tolar of Mesa, Arizona; Kristin (Mark) LaScala of Lisle, Illinois and Kevin (Jennifer) Bates of Plainfield, Illinois; 8 grandchildren: Elizabeth (Jason) Newlin; Sarah (John Huckelberry) Tolar; Robert (Erin) Tolar; Gray and Jonas Newlin,; Colby and Gus Huckelberry; Henry and Jillian Tolar.

       

A Memorial Funeral Mass celebrating his life, will be celebrated at St John the Baptist Catholic Church; 7545 South Highway 41;  in Dunnellon, FL 34432 on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM.              

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hospice of Marion County, Florida: PO Box 4860; Ocala, FL 34478-4960 directed to Legacy House. 

Expressions of sympathy can be expressed at: www.robertsofdunnellon.com 

 

GIBSON, Wesley Dean 'Wes', 81 - of Spring Hill, Kansas passed away April 16, 2017.

Wes was born on May 24, 1935 in Beatrice, Nebraska where he grew up and graduated from High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years.

Wesley worked as an Air Traffic Controller for 36 years in Detroit ARTCC, Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (in the old East Terminal area) in Aurora, Illinois and at Kansas City Center in Olathe, Kansas, retiring in 1988. He married Mariellyn Davis in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1956 and they moved to Spring Hill in 1972.
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Friends' Comments:   "...a dear friend, will be missed by all he knew. We had many good times with 10 or 12 families we were close to. Many unforgettable parties and golf outings. I'll miss his quick smile, and inquisitive mind. He wanted to know every detail of every story he heard. My sincere thoughts and prayers to the family during these days." --Harvey K.

"...Wow, what a great loss. He was truly a great guy. He came to ZKC fom ZAU as a DSS around 1971. The older you get the tougher it gets. This death really hurts." -- Lee P.

...I sure remember him from Detroit Center. Absolutely a nice guy and could work his share of traffic also..." -- Jim H.
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He enjoyed woodworking, playing golf, doing yard work and was active in many sports. He was a member of the Methodist Church and will be missed by his family and friends. 

He is survived by his wife: Mariellyn "Mary"; sons: Steven and wife, Pamela Gibson of Spring Hill, KS and Scott and wife Pam Gibson or Olathe, KS; 4 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and brother, Richard "Hoot" Gibson.

Funeral graveside service will be on Saturday April 22, 2017 at 11:30 AM at Spring Hill Cemetery, Spring Hill, KS with visitation at 10:00 AM at Bruce Funeral Home; 106 South Center; Spring Hill, KS (913) 592-2244.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com .

 

WIEST, Marcia, 68 - of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Cape Coral, FL passed away April 10, 2017.

She was born on August 6, 1948.

Marcia and Ron Wiest opened their beautiful Cape Coral home twice to host our ZAU Retiree Reunions. Once in 2004 and again in 2008.

Services will be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Incarnation Catholic Church; 2911 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FLorida.

(Funeral Arrangements by: The Good Earth Crematory)
 

FINNEGAN, John F. "Jack", 75 - of Yorkville, Illinois passed away January 25, 2017 at his home. He was born on March 10, 1941 in Marshall, Minnesota. He married Lois Morel Van Gundy in 2002.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was formerly employed, for 17 years, as an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois in the West Wing area. He was more recently employed as a driver by Durham Septran.

He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and also enjoyed watching his grandchildren participating in sports. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Oswego, IL.

Jack is survived by his wife, Lois Finnegan of Yorkville, IL; his step-children: Jami (David) Wood of Rochester Hills, MI; Joe (RaeAnn) Van Gundy of Yorkville, IL; and Jennifer Van Gundy of Pataskala, Ohio; 7 step-grandchildren: Erica, Lauren, Catherine, Kyle, Danyal, Anna, and Jalyn; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife: Penny Finnegan.

Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory; 1617 N. Bridge St.; Yorkville, Illinois. Interment will be private. Friends may visit from 10:00 AM to noon on January 28 at the funeral home.

 


-- 2016 --

RADNOFF, Rudolph Carl "Rudy",  76 - of Sugar Grove, Illinois passed away December 26, 2016 after a battle with vascular dementia. He was born on October 28, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Southeastern High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Wattisham RAF Base in England and later in Calais, France.

Rudy worked for the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller in East High Altitude at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois. He later worked for the Department of Justice and retired in 2001.

His interests include airplanes, golf, fishing, baseball, playing cards and board games and photography.

He married Jenifer Knock in Bildeston, England and they made their home in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Rudy is survived by his wife of 53 years Jenifer; daughters: Cori and Tanya; 4 grandchildren: Hannah Alise, Connor James, Shannon Delaney and Brandon Carl.

Memorial services were held at Myers Mortuary in Layton, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Rudy's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

 

DROEGE, Ernest B. 'Ernie', 82 - of Moscow Mills, Missouri passed away Sunday May 8, 2016. He was born on May 8, 1934 in Meppen, Illinois.

Ernie served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA for over 30 years. He worked in high altitude and later as a DSS at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois. He later transferred to STL, and retired in 1989.

He enjoyed playing golf and was an outdoorsman who loved camping and traveling (saw 32 of the 50 United States) with his family.

He is survived by his wife Kay; daughters: Laurie (Marvin) Schollman, Patricia (Barte) Slankard, Beverly Droege and Monica (Daniel) Aschenbrenner; step-father of Michael (Angie) Wies, Bonnie (Bill) Ache, and Joe Wies, grandchildren: Darla Schollman, Ryan Slankard, Marcella Cordell, Alex Schollman, Grace Cordel, Cory Schollman, Savannah Cordell, Chloe Aschenbrenner and Mitch Aschenbrenner, and great-grandchildren: Callie and Hunter.

He was divorced from his first wife: Pricilla.

A Memorial Service was held in St. Charles, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wild Bird Sanctuary; 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road; Valley Park, MO 63088.

 

MANNION, James A. 'Jim', 78 - of Yorkville, Illinois passed away on  December 24, 2016.

Jim was born on August 7, 1938 in Chicago, IL and graduated from South Division High School in Milwaukee, WI in 1956 where he met and married Meta, and raised their family in Aurora, IL and Yorkville, IL.

Jim served in the U.S. Air Force in Little Rock, AR followed by a 30-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Air Traffic Controller in West High, and EPDS at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

His second career, when he retired from the FAA, was in residential and commercial real estate.

He was an avid reader and loved the outdoors through RV travel, camping and boating.

Jim was a devoted husband of the late Meta E. (Fetingis) Manning; father of James M. (late Sheri 'Hutchison' Manning); Susan (Jeff) Dellutri; and Laura (late Jim) Steging; and grandfather of Zachary, Michael, Natalie, and Henry.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Meta; his brother: William Mannion; Son-in-law: Jim Steging; Daughter-in-law: Sheri Mannion.

A Celebration of Life is planned with friends and family. Arrangements by The Healy Chapel; 370 Division Dr.; Sugar Grove, IL 60554.  (630) 446-1330.   www.healychapel.com to sign an online guestbook.

 

PHILLIPS, Stephen G., 54 of Morris, Illinois passed away November 24, 2016 at his residence.

Stephen was born in Morris, IL and graduated from Coal City High School - Class of 1980. He was a National Merit Scholar and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL.

He was an Air Traffic Controller in the NE Area at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL for the past 31 years.

Stephen was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (Morris #1024), an avid fisherman and a big fan of Chicago Blackhawks, White Sox and Bears.

Steve is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carol (Kingman) Phillips of Morris, IL.

Visitation will be held at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home; 1201 West Route 6 at Deerpath Drive; Morris, IL on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Building Fund or a charity of you choice would be appreciated.

 

CHRISTENSEN, Susan Lee, 52 - of Cortland, Illinois passed away November 1,  2016 in Central DuPage Hospital. Sue was born on June 21, 1964 in Rockford, IL.

 She graduated form East High School in Rockford and Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL.

Susan was an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL, and worked in the SW area.

She was devoted to the care and rehabilitation of animals, and was a dedicated volunteer at Tails Humane Society, where she served as a board member and also at Oaken Acres Wildlife Rehab Center in Sycamore, IL.

Susan is survived by her mother, Margery Christensen and companion, Charlie Wadsworth of Rockford and her cats: Owl, Jack and Teddy.

Private services were held. Grace Funeral and Cremation Service assisted the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Susan's memory to the Pet Peace of Mind Program at Northern Illinois Hospice; 4215 Newburg Road; Rockford, IL 61108.

 

ACKERMAN, Claude, 93 - of Aurora, Illinois passed away September 11, 2016 at Symphony and Season's Hospice of Orchard Valley. he fought a courageous battle of Lymphoma Cancer.

Claude was born on May 25, 1923 in Chinook, Montana during the Great Dust Bowl. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and in 1944 was appointed Lieutenant, piloting military B-25 and B-26 aircraft.

He continued in aviation by working at Detroit Center, then the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL for the next 40 years of his career.

Claude married Ellen Katherine "Katy" (Cabbach) Betrus on April 14, 1951 and they spent 60 happy years together until her passing on February 21, 2012.

After his retirement, the wintered in Pharr, Texas and summers were spent in Illinois and at their lake property in Coldwater, Michigan. His favorite hobbies were woodworking and sailing. He built a 2-man wooden sailboat. He also built clocks, carving duck decoys and built 3 houses.

He was known as the "Little Old Winemaker" because of his passion for making his own wine and champagne. His 'bucket list' including visiting all 50 states in the USA, which he accomplished.

Survivors include one daughter: Patricia (Richard) Coleman of North Aurora, IL; a step-daughter: Martha (Ross) Stead of Angola, Indiana and several step-grandchildren and a great-step-grandchild.

Family will be receiving guests on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:00 AM until the Memorial Service at noon at Dieterle Memorial Home; 1120 Broadway; Montgomery, IL. (Interment will be private).

                 

GROB, Ernest 'Ernie', 93 - of Burr Ridge, Illinois passed away on Saturday August 6, 2016.    Ernie  was born on May 20, 1923. He graduated from Carl Schurz High School in 1941.

He served in the U.S. Navy in both WWII and the Korean Conflict. His professional career spanned over 30 years with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Control specialist. (Including serving as an FAA liaison to the U.S. Air Force. He held positions in Cleveland, Sioux City, Kansas City and in Chicago at both Midway Airport and the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

Ernie was an FAA representative at aviation events, including EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, WI and the Chicago Air and Water Show. He retired in 1980 as an FAA Operations Supervisor, responsible for the overall flow of air traffic in a seven state area.

Always active in life, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, and boating on Lake Michigan. He was a licensed private pilot, and also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn, IL.

  

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Clare (Satowis) Grob; 2 daughters: Patricia (John) Kempton and Sharon (Thomas) Murphy; and grandchildren: Carolyn, Lisa, Colleen and Karrie; Also 4 Great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life with his family and friends will be held on  Thursday, August 18, 2016. Visitation is 4:00-8:00 PM at Leonard Funeral Home; 565 Duane Street; Glen Ellyn, IL. A memorial Mass will be said at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale, IL on August 19 at 10:00 AM.

Memorial donations may be made to the Honor Flight Chicago.

 

PETRIE, Anthony Leonard 'Tony', 84 - of Hilbert, Wisconsin passed away on August 8, 2016, 2016 after many years of fighting prostate cancer. Tony was born on February 26, 1932.

He married Barbara Heinisch in 1968 at St. Mary Church in DeKalb, Illinois.

Tony served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, first as a Control Tower Operator at Sherman and Smoky Hill Air force Bases and continue as an Air Route Traffic Controller at Pusan and Tageu Korea. He also served as Radar Approach Controller at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha Nebraska in 1955.

He was a Team Supervisor at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center for the FAA in Aurora, Illinois, and retired after 30 years of service.

   Bob Klein and Tony Petrie

Tony was also a licensed pilot and enjoyed membership in the Chicago Center Flying Club, serving as secretary/treasurer. He also built El Toro and Mirror Dinghies. He enjoyed dancing and competed with 200 performers in a Dance-O-Rama at Madrid, Spain.

In 1983 he moved to Wisconsin and maintained his interest in new technologies, but also appreciated past treasures like his 1932 blue Ford truck.

He built a cottage, with his brother Paul and enjoyed sharing it with friends and family. Tony was also Sturgeon Spearing enthusiast, and rarely missed a year to spear the elusive beast. Fishing for Walleye was his favorite pastime and enjoying his grandchildren with music and board games.

Tony was devoted to God, family and country, and worked 26 years as caretaker/sexton and served as bookkeeper for ST. Mary of the Seven Dolors Cemetery. He was trustee/treasurer for St. Mary's finance, building, and ground committees.

When he was first diagnosed with cancer in 1993, his love of life's blessings never diminished. He experienced Spiritual strength and scriptural discernment through the rosary and prayer.

Tony is survived by his wife Barbara; daughter: Jennifer (John) Budde of DePere and their children: Matthew, Nathan, Anna, Andrew, and Mary; his son: Robert Petrie of Menasha and his children: Sydney, Kaelene, Lacy, and Genevieve, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Tony's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge, Wisconsin. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Visitation at the Wieting Family Funeral Home; 411 W. Main St., Chilton, WI from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday August 10 and on Thursday at the church from 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM. The Rosary will be prayed at the close of the visitation Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials given in the name of Anthony L. 'Tony' Petrie are appreciated for Notre Dame de la Baie Academy in Green Bay, and St. Mary of the Seven Dolors in Stockbridge.

 

SITTENAUER, Kenneth P. 'Ken' 82 - of Olathe, Kansas passed away July 10,  2016. Ken was born on March 28, 1934 in Atchison, Kansas. He graduated from Maur Hill High School in 1952, and worked at a General Motors Assembly Plant in Kansas City.

Ken served 2 years of active duty in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 as a Morse Code and voice radio operator. After his military service, he worked as a radio operator for TWA.

Ken transitioned to the Air Traffic Control profession under the newly formed Federal Aviation Administration in 1959, and worked for 42 y ears between the Chicago (where he worked in West High) and Kansas City Air Traffic Control Centers.

He was active in his parishes within the Rockford, IL diocese and the Kansas City, Kansas Archdiocese. He worked as Archdiocese Coordinator for the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade at Kauffman Stadium in May, 2008.

He married Mary Teresa (Long), (wife of 57 years) and they were active in the Cursillo Movement (Christian Renewal) at the diocesan, national and international levels. He was a member of the Regional Cursillo Group, National English Speaking Coordinator (1979-1998), and the International Cursillo Coordinator (1989-2002). He served as Diocesan Lay Director in Both Rockford and Kansas City. Ken spearheaded a 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration program at St. Agnes Parish in 1986, and Santa Marta in 2008.

Ken is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Teresa; 8 children: Monica Lampe (Al), Christopher (Kelly-Sue), Russell (Susanne), Daniel (Cathy), Jane Muraski (Gregory), Patrick (Leigh), Peter (Carolyn), and Andrew (Kelli); 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested for St. Agnes Capital Campaign or Sanctuary of Hope.              

 

STRATMANN, Myron "Mike" 88 - of Cohasset, Minnesota passed away Sunday June 11, 2016 at Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Mike was born in 1927 in Baileyville, IL and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He married Peggy Swing on June 13, 1959 and worked as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA for several years, retiring in 1979. He started work at The Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois about 1956. He was in the East Terminal Area and well-liked by everyone

He enjoyed travel, and lived his retirement years in Cohasset, Minnesota.

Myron is survived by his wife of 58 years, Peggy; one daughter: Michelle (Brian) Somolik of Tonganoxie, Kansas; one son: Mark (Deb) Stratmann of Mason City, Iowa; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service, with full military honors was held at the United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

 

KELLY, Eldred 'Bing', 79 - of Mansfield, Texas passed away Sunday June 12, 2016.

Bing was born to Eula and Rev. R.B. Kelly on March 30, 1937. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1955, and went to college in Oklahoma.

He served four years in the U.S. Air Force after which he went to work for the FAA in Kansas City at ZKC. . He also worked in the West Terminal Area at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL. After ZAU he worked at ZOB, the FAA Academy in Oklahoma  City and retired at ZFW. He was an Air Traffic Controller for 38 years.

Bing loved all sports, especially fishing, hunting and golf.

He was a faithful Christian and never missed an opportunity to share his love for the Lord with others.

   

He is survived by his wife of 43 years: Elizabeth; 7 children; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchldren.

A funeral service was held at the Pleasantview Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.

Memorial, in lieu of flowers may be sent to Shriner's Hospital or Music Fund at Pleasantview Baptist Church; 4400 Pleasantview Dr.; Arlington, Texas 76017.
 

LEUPOLD, Richard Max 'Dick' , 83 - of Topeka, Kansas, passed away Saturday January 9, 2016. He had Leukemia for about five years. and was being treated.

Dick was born on June 2, 1932 in Tecumseh. Kansas, where he graduated from Highland Park High School in 1950.

Dick enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and became an Air Traffic Control Tower Operator. While at Lowry AFB in Denver, CO, he met and married Patricia R. Canny. Honorably discharged in August, 1956, they moved back to Tecumseh, and he attended the FAA Air Traffic Control Academy in Oklahoma City, OK.

They moved to Park Forest, IL where he was in the first group of controllers to staff the newly started Chicago Enroute Center, based at Midway Airport in Chicago.

In 1962 they moved to Oswego, IL as he worked at the new Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL. While he was at ZAU, he was an Air Traffic Controller in West High, a Data Systems Specialist (DSS), and a Team Supervisor. After his retirement, he taught automation for a few years at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.

Dick enjoyed boating, fishing and gardening in Kansas.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Delores (Dee) nee Aaron of Topeka; the mother of his children: Pat (Glenn) Reynolds, Trenton, OH; Children: Terri Leefers, Dunedin, FL; Cindy  (Norm) Lippelt, Aurora, IL and Patrice (Petey) Leupold, Chicago and two sons: Scott (Laura) Leupold, Brumley, MO and Rick Leupold, Tucson, AZ; step-son Roy (Jaque) Campbell; granddaughters: Leslie, Kara, Kelly, Kari, Hannah, Maggie, Leann, Kassie, Brittany and Marissa; step-grandson: Cliff: great-granddaughter: Maddie and great-grandson Kolby, and many nieces and nephews.

     

 

                      Dick's wishes were for no visitation or memorial.

 

 

 

 

JOHNSON, Frank A, 92,  - of Naperville, IL passed away on January 5, 2016. He was born in Chicago, IL on July 30, 1923.

He was a WWII veteran of the Army Air Corps serving as a 2nd Lieutenant B-26 pilot in the 323rd Bomb Group 454th Bomb Squadron, where he was stationed in England, France, and Belgium. He flew 26 bombing missions over Germany.

Frank attended Bradley University and worked for the CAA/FAA Chicago Air Traffic Control Center, where he retired after 40 years.

Frank married Dolores Johnson (Gavin) on April 21, 1951. They lived in Midlothian, IL for 9 years before moving to Naperville. Frank was a founding member of St. Raphael Catholic Church.

           

He enjoyed time with his family and pets at Higgins Lake, Michigan. He also enjoyed his WWII Reunions, sailing, cars, fishing, airplanes and traveling. He worked with stained glass lamps, building and fixing everything.

One of the best days of his life was going on Honor Flight Chicago in June 2014 to the WWII Memorial and being "Welcomed Home" by his family and thousands of Chicagoans thanking him and the other 88 WWII Veterans for their service to our country.

Frank received many "Thanks" for being a true American "Rock Star" from the greatest generation and a B-26 Martin Marauder Bomber pilot. Click HERE for more information.
  

He was preceded in death by his wife Dolores Johnson (Gavin); sons: Kenneth F. Johnson and Brian Johnson. Frank is survived by 3 children: Charlene M. Johnson, Robert E. Johnson (Candice Johnson) and Judith A. Piszczek (Johnson) (Daniel P. Piszczek); 6 grandchildren: Brandon Johnson, Stephanie Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Ryan Piszczek, and Tyler Piszczek.

Visitation will be Friday, January 8 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Services; 44 S. Mill St.; Naperville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the St. Raphael Church - Attn: Building Fund Donation; 1215 Modaff Rd.; Naperville, IL 60540 or the National Air and Space Museum (Martin B-26, B-25 MA Marauder "Flak-Bait" restoration project, Office of Advancement, Donation for Martin B-26, B-25 MA Marauder "Flak Bait"; PO Box 92192 Washington, DC 20090-2192.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 9 at 10:00 AM at St. Raphael Catholic Church; 1215 Modaff Rd.; Naperville, IL. Entombment will follow at Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum, Wheaton, IL.
 


-- 2015 --

DUNCAN, Lloyd,  - passed away December, 2015 . He came to Minneapolis ARTCC from Detroit Center, was A C and worked in Area 1. Jake also worked with him after retirement in training with SRSA. (per Norris Jacobson)

No other information or obituary available yet on the Internet. If anyone has any information, photos or stories or obituary, please send it to me.

While Lloyd may not have worked at ZAU, he had many friends who transferred to ZMP who are on our mailing list. I worked at ZMP as a DSS for 5 years, so I knew him.

(If we receive any additional information or an obituary, we will add it here).

ENGLER, Carmen Louis 'Lou', 76', - passed away on November 16, 2015 at Fort Pierce, Florida. (Suffering from kidney problems, he was in the hospital for about a month before he passed away.) He is listed as a DSS on our roster of everyone working at ZAU when we reached 2 Million Operations. (1978)

Lou was an automation instructor in OKC before he came to Chicago. Before his tour in OKC, he was a controller/DSS at Washington ARTCC. His son worked in AF (Tech Ops) at both ZAU and ORD.     (per John Balk)

No other information or obituary available on the Internet. If anyone has any information, photos or stories or obituary, please send it to me.

(No funeral or viewing, or notice in the newspaper.)

BROWN, Dolores J., 69 - of Aurora, IL passed away on Wednesday December 2, 2015 at her home. She was born September 9, 1946 in Aurora, IL.

She was a member of St. George Church. She was employed for many years at Western Electric and AT&T. She also served as an electron judge for many years.

Dolores is survived by her husband: Guy Brown; son: Barry (Debra) Banks; 3 step children: Melissa Webster, Michael (Judy) Brown Sr., Kevin Brown; 11 grandchildren: Jennifer, Thomas and Hannah Banks, Tyler and Brandon Webster, Michael (Jenna Colley) Brown, Jr., Kurt Skinner, Becca Brown, Kodie Skinner, Bianca Brown, Matthew Brown; two Great-grandsons: Michael Brown, III, Alex Portillo.

Funeral services will be held Monday December 7, 2015 at 1:00 PM at St. George Church. Fr. Frederick Peterson will officiate with interment at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Guest book may be signed or condolences for Dolores' family at www.daleidenmortuary.com 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dolores' name may be made to St. George Church.

(Thanks to John Sibert for forwarding this information.)

 

KIST, Leopold Richard, 'Lee' 69 - of Greenwood, Indiana passed away on October 25, 2015 . He was born on January 17, 1946 in Chicago, IL. He was only at Chicago ARTCC for a brief time, but everyone who worked with him, said he was well-liked.

In 1981 he was working at Indianapolis ARTCC; (PATCO Strike), and was rehired in 2007 as a controller at ZAU. He became a Team Supervisor and transferred back to ZID as a supervisor in 2010. Still working when he unexpectedly passed away on October 25, 2015.

Lee was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife Bonnie enjoyed traveling, taking trips to Germany, The Caribbean, and Alaska. Lee was a 'do-it-yourselfer' and did his own plumbing and carpentry, and even built a few sheds. He enjoyed his miniature schnauzers and his Lionel Train set.

He is survived by his wife: Bonita "Bonnie" J. Wahl Kist of Greenwood, IN; daughter: Jennifer Lee Kist (Adam Douglas Strong) of Greenwood; sons: Jonathan Lee (Kathryn Rae) Kist of Katy, Texas and Nathaniel Lee Kist of Houston, Texas; 3 grandchildren: Parker Austin Kist, Mila Jonell Kist and Evan Leopold Kist.

"I remember Lee, when I was working for the training contractor at ZAU when he was rehired. Real nice guy, he was 60 when he was rehired. His wife stayed in Indianapolis and he went home whenever he had a break."   -- Roger Johnson

(Dwight King also contributed to this obituary)

GUNTZBURGER, Robert L. 'Bob'  86, of McGregor, Minnesota, passed away on October 28, 2015 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born November 24, 1928 in St. Paul, MN.

Bob married his high school sweetheart, Janet (Smith), on March 15, 1952 in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin. They raised their family in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota - moving to McGregor in 1987.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and served in the Korean War.

Bob worked over 30 years as an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois.

He was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church; Lions club, Hastings VFW and American Legion. He was also past president and member of the Big Sandy Lake Association and an avid Green Bay Packer's fan.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Janet in 2013 and granddaughter: Kimberly. Robert is survived by his children: Ann (Roger) Brinkley of Lynden, WA; Sue Barney of Elgin, IL; Kit (Jeff) Rosch of Duluth, GA; Tom (Kelly) Guntzburger; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 PM, Tuesday November 3, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church of McGregor.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor, MN.  Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. (McGregor Funeral Home) www.srtfuneral.com

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(Thanks to Norris 'Jake' Jacobson and Donna Mauntel for this information.) If anyone has any more  photos of Bob or more information about his life after retirement: interests, hobbies, other employment, etc. please send it to me.) Ron.Fandrick@verizon.net
 

MILLER, Robert Leroy 'Bob', 83, - of Wauchula, Florida passed away on October 15, 2015 at Tidewell Hospice House in  Arcadia, FL.  Bob was born in Pittsville, Wisconsin on August 15, 1932.

He served in the Army Aviation in Korea, earning the National Defense Service Medal.

Bob worked for the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, Illinois and was the DSO in 1978, when ZAU surpassed 2 million operations.

He attended Peace Valley Lutheran Church in Wauchula, FL, and was a member of the Elks, Lions and American Legion, SKP and FMCA.

Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly Seefeld Miller; one daughter: Dawn Jacobs of Auburn, IL; two sons: Dan Miller of Fort Myers, FL and Jeff Miller of Homer Glen, IL; 10 grandchildren: Jean Sharp, Rob Jacobs, Ane Jacobs, Miranda Jacobs, Emma Miller, Christine Miller, Suzanne Miller, Lance Miller, Grace Miller and Ellie Miller.

And 14 Great-Grandchildren: Jaden Miller, Ryon Miller, Ashton Miller, Bryson Miller, Nora Miller, David Miller, Mateo Miller, Giovanni Miller, Aryanna Miller, Isaac Paetzoid, Isiah, Oliver, Westyn and Wilhelmina. Also one sister: Karen Davis of Haiti, West Indies.

A Memorial Service is planned for 2016 (at noon on January 17) at Peace Valley Lutheran Church in Wauchula, FL. - 1643 Stenstrom Rd; Wauchula, FL 33873 (863) 773-2858.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be sent to the Bob Miller Memorial; Missionary Flights International; 3170 Airmans Dr.; Fort Pierce, FL 34946.


Bob and Bev played an important part of all of our Annual February ZAU Reunions in South Florida.

     

He always asked the Blessing before we ate dinner, and was in charge when we tried to get everyone together for a group picture.
 

Bob had a lot of good friends at Chicago Center and was always involved in employee activities. Several of his friends have sent special 'memories' of working with Bob:

A humorous time with Bob Miller was when I initiated a relationship meeting with the staffs of Air Traffic and Airway Facilities.  This was in the conference room.
 
It started with me and  Leroy (Chief of AF whose last name evades me). Leroy presented on the chalk board how the AF organization was broken down and telling us who did what to support AT,
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Then I went to the chalk board. and showed how our organization was similarly set up.  Then I asked each of our area officers to explain their respective responsibilities.
 
I called on Bob Miller, who happened to be sitting closest to me.  I asked him to explain his office.  
Bob said: "I am Sid's sexual adviser."                   Everybody laughed.
  
My response to that was, "What Bob Miller meant to say is an interpretation.  I told him: "BOB, IF I NEED YOUR F--KING ADVISE, I WILL ASK YOU FOR IT." 
 
The whole group, both AT and AF had a exploded into loud laughter.  The meeting resulted with great results and, ultimately, we started playing AF/AT softball.  They became a team and we had much better relationship as a result.
 
Bob was a terrific and capable leader in Chicago Center.  I adored his style and learned from him as he from me.  WE were good friends and often, go to with a group of staffers for drinks and dinner at the Hilton.

                         -- Sid Wugalter

     

I knew Bob from 1968 through 1973 when I left Chicago Center to start a flying career.  That was my goal from the outset of my career with the Center,  but the longer I was there, the more I became attached to the job, the people I met, and friends I made.  As such, when I finally did gain the experience to find a flying job, it was very hard to leave, and Bob was one of those who helped to make a difficult decision easier! 

He and I worked in  different "areas" of the Center, so I never spent a lot of time with him, but given his background in aviation, he was one of those I  could always count on for good solid information, and I've always appreciated his advice.  I enjoy reading Ron's web site, but unfortunately I am frequently saddened when reading of people I once worked with who have since passed, and always wish it had been possible to stay in touch with them over the years

                         -- Dan Lindsey 

     


Victory Celebration for Robert L. Miller

Sunday, January 17, 2016 was a special day for Bev Miller and family and friends as they honored Bob with a Memorial Service in Wauchula, FL and then shared  lunch and memories of a special man at SKP Resort Clubhouse.

   

Several ZAU retirees and spouses also came to support Bev. (More photos on "Mini-Reunion" Webpage.)



Karen, Terry, Leroy, Jake, Jill

 

HEFFERNAN, Jim 'Heffy', - passed away on August 26, 2015 . He is listed on our roster of everyone working at ZAU when we reached 2 Million Operations. (1978)

Jim was a controller in The West High Altitude Area at Chicago Center in Aurora, Illinois. He had an extended illness for more than two years and almost no one has seen or heard from him. eMail comment: "...when I think of him, I can always remember that smile whenever anyone greeted him. He was the best of friend to anyone that knew him whether they were long time friends or those that worked with Jim at the Center."

No funeral or viewing, and notice in the newspaper. His body is being sent back to Nebraska.

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(Thanks to Wes Gibson, Erv Schultz and Tony Cimino for this information.  If anyone has a photo of Jim, or more information about his life after retirement: interests, hobbies, other employment, etc. please send it to me.) Ron.Fandrick@verizon.net
 

BOLTON, Richard 'Dick', 77 - of Zephyrhills, FL passed away on August 19, 2015 . at Winter Haven, Florida. Cause of death may have been related to some heart issues he had in the past.

Dick was an Air Traffic Controller in the East Terminal Area at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois, before retiring to Florida.

                                                            

Dick attended several of our February Florida ZAU Retiree Reunions, and always had a great time.

Per his request, there will be no wake or services.

(If anyone has anything to share for this obituary, please let me know.) 

E-mail #1:  Dick was part of the 'Class of '81', and won his case in the mid '80s due to being on vacation. He went back to work, but at Cleveland Center. He finally did get back to ZAU on an open bid and retired when he had his 20 years. Then went to work with Security, working in the guard shack at the gate. He lost that job when the FAA required that guards be armed. He either didn't want to carry a sidearm or elected not to pay to qualify to carry one.

E-mail #2:  Dick was quite a character back in the day... He hung around the motorcycle boys from East Terminal and had a 3-wheeler himself back in the 70s. He lived in a house down the street from the Center on Indian Trail between Randall and Edgelawn, then bought Aaron Yeary's house off Constitution Avenue, before he moved to Florida. ... enjoyed many drinking fests at the old Cracker Barrel on the Fox River, after swing shifts. He always won the best dressed contests at Halloween Parties.

E-mail #3:  Dick used to bowl in the ZAU league at Valley Bowl, and was even the league treasurer for awhile.

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ANDERSON, Mary Nell, 83 - of Delavan, Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, August 18,  2015  at Vintage on the Ponds in Delavan. She was born July 8, 1932 in Milton, FL and grew up in Columbus, OH, where her father was a firefighter and later Battalion Chief. Mary Nell graduated from Linden-McKinley High School in Columbus, and attended The Ohio State University.

In Delevan she was an aide at Delavan-Darien Schools helping children learn to read. She also enjoyed reading, dancing and playing bridge. Her memberships include the United Church of Christ; Monday Club, and Friends of Aram Library, and was a board member for the National Kidney Foundation of SE Wisconsin.

Mary Nell was married to W. Dean Anderson on October 10, 1953 in Columbus, Ohio where Dean was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. They lived in Elkhorn and Greendale, WI; Forrest Park, Clarendon Hills, St. Charles, and Sleepy Hollow, IL before moving back to Delavan in 1982. They also spent several winters in southern Texas.

While living in St. Charles and Sleepy Hollow, Dean worked at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

Mary Nell is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dean; children: Timothy W. (Patricia) Anderson of Fort Collins, CO and Karen (Daniel) Bernick, of Long Grove, IA; grandchildren: Brandon Anderson of Muskego, WI; Brittany Anderson of Milwaukee, James and Jon Anderson of San Francisco, CA, and Hope  Bernick of Long Grove, IA, and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Richard Dean.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Delevan United Church of Christ-Congregational. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM.

Memorials may be made to the Friends of Aram Library; 404 E. Walworth Ave; Delavan, WI 53115, or United Church of Christ Scholarship Fund; 123 E. Washington Street; Delevan, WI  53115.                              
 

KERN, Carl - of Port Orange, FL passed away on April 23, 2015 . He transferred from ZMP around 1978 until 1981, and is listed on our roster of everyone working at ZAU when we reached 2 Million Operations. (1978)

Carl was a controller in The West Terminal Area at Chicago Center in Aurora.

He suffered a stroke on April 20, and had severe brain damage and was on life support until Thursday April 23 when he passed away.

No funeral or viewing - he was cremated, according to his wishes.

He is survived by his wife Klara Kern of Port Orange, FL.                                   
 

FURTEK, Richard  A. - of Wheaton, IL passed away on April 2, 2015 . More information will be added when we see an obituary.

Dick worked as an EPDS at Chicago Center in Aurora.

                                   
 

SCHNEIDER, Russell, 82 - of Montgomery, IL passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Alden of Waterford. He was born on January 2, 1933 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Russ served his country in the U.S. Air Force and married Hildegard Kern on August 16, 1954 while he was stationed in Germany.

He retired after 20 years in the Air Force and received commendations for his work in nuclear silos.

Russ worked in Airway Facilities (AF) in the Central Computer Complex as an Electronic Technician at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL.

Russell was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a member of the Montgomery VFW Post #7452 and the Aurora Fishing and Hunting Club.

He is survived by his wife, of 60 years, Hildegard of Montgomery; 2 daughters; Debra (Keith) McIntosh of Montgomery and Karin Pini (Scott Mox) of Lake Barrington, IL. Grandchildren: Kylie, Kellen, and Liam; and great-grandchildren: Teagan and Jaxson.

Visitation will be Saturday March 14, 2015 from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM when funeral services will be begin at Dieterle Memorial Home; 1120 S. Broadway; Montgomery, IL. Inurnment will be at River Hills Memorial Park.
 

ZEAL, Forrest G. 'Frosty' , 79 - passed away at his home in Maple Park, IL on Thursday, March 6, 2015 . Frosty was born on November 16, 1935 in Council Hill Township, rural Galena, IL, and graduated from Galena High School in 1953.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1960.

Frosty married Fay Radabaugh on December 16, 1956 in Hanover, IL.

He worked as an Air Traffic Controller for 37 years until his retirement from the FAA in 1994. (He was an Area Specialist in 1978).  

Frosty played fast pitch softball for many years and loved to watch all Chicago sports: "Go Cubbies". He also enjoyed music, especially Eric Clapton.

He is survived by his wife, Fay; son: Scott (Sharon) Zeal; daughter Gail; two grandsons: Joshua (significant other, Melissa Mosher with son, Christian) Zeal; and Jason Zeal; and granddaughter: Amanda (Bryan) King.

Cremation rites have been accorded with a private family burial at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery; Galena, IL.

Memorials may be give to Kaneville United Methodist Church; P.O. Box 50; Elburn, IL 60119, or to the American Heart Association in memory of Forrest.           

 

         
 

BURGARD, James 'Jim'  71 - of Del Webb Village, Huntley, IL passed away on Friday, February 1 3, 2015 .

Jim was born on August 12, 1943.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and later as an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL in the East Wing until 1981, when he made some choices about his future.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia (Orlowski) Burgard; 2 sons: James Jr. (Michele) and Kevin (Leslie); grandchildren: James Andrew and Samantha, as well as 3 nieces.

Funeral services will be held Friday February 20 at 10:30 AM at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home; 5749 Archer Ave.; Chicago, IL 60638 - (773) 767-1840.    Interment Private Visitation on Thursday 3-9 PM.
 

MARKWELL, Donald R., 82 - of Plainfield, IL (since 1962) passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL. Don was born on October 10, 1932 in Decatur, IL.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1952-1956. Don was an Air Traffic Controller for 42 years at the Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL. He was the Manager for Airspace and Procedures at ZAU.

     

Don was a 4-H dog training instructor for 30 years. He was an active church member of the Plainfield United Methodist Church and sang in the church choir and was a leader in the video ministry of the church. He was also a member of the Plainfield Band Boosters.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years:  Carol and children: Keith (Christine) Markwell, Kevn (Mary) Markwell, Kim (Dolly Calcaterra) Markwell, Kerri (Jim "Bucky") Bruce, Kelly (Sherry) Markwell and grandchildren: Ann (Chris) Olson, Sarah (Bryan) Wernli, Kevin (Kelley) Markwell, Beth Bruce, Susan Markwell, Matthew Markwell, Kyle Markwell, Michael Markwell, Jimmy (Fiance` Kelley Kostelz) Bruce, Andrew Markwell, Samuel Markwell; and Great-grandchild Paige Markwell.

Visitation on Monday, January 26 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Overman-Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Services; 15219 S. Joliet Road; Plainfield, IL.

Additional visitation on Tuesday January 27 from 10:00-11:00 AM at Plainfield United Methodist Church; 15114 S. Illinois Street; Plainfield, IL 60544 with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM. interment at Plainfield Township Cemetery, Plainfield, IL.

Condolences may be sent to Carol Markwell; 23607 W. Melody Lane; Plainfield, IL 60544.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Plainfield United Methodist Church.

 


-- 2014 --

DeTAMBLE, Richard, 76, - of Sugar Grove, Illinois, passed away Monday December 22, 2014. at his home surrounded by family.

He was born July 28, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan and served in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller, and continued his career as a Controller for the FAA at the Chicago ARTCC in Aurora.

Dick married Marcia and raised his family in Sugar Grove, IL.

After his retirement he continued to instruct future Air Traffic Controllers. He also served as a volunteer for the Sugar Grove Fire Department.

Dick enjoyed time with his grandchildren, taking long walks with his wife, gardening and also enjoyed golf.

Richard is survived by his wife, Marcia DeTamble of Sugar Grove; his daughter, Dawn Indrisek of Batavia, IL; his son Richard DeTamble Jr. of Elgin, IL; 7 grandchildren: Ryan DeTamble, Aly DeTamble, Kyle DeTamble, Kurtis (Zoe Hatzis) Nelson, Matthew (Sara Brandeburg) Nelson, Abbey Nelson and Elliott Indrisek, and 3 Great-Grandchildren: Savannah Moore, Della Nelson and Olive Nelson.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 28, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Healy Chapel; 370 Division Dr; Sugar Grove, IL 60554. A guestbook is available online at www.healychapel.com.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM also at the Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove.

Interment will take place at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn, IL.
 

BOYLE, Joseph D.  52, - passed away Wednesday October 15, 2014 in Illinois. He was born on July 12, 1962.

He spent 8 years in the United States Coast Guard.

Joe was an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora since 1991, and a member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA).

He worked in the Airspace Office giving briefings because he had lost his medical. He died of pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed two years ago.

Survivors include his wife Stephanie (nee Kliros), children: Joseph, Natalie and Michael.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations payable to: The University of Notre Dame (Attn: Joseph D. Boyle Memorial fund for Pancreatic Cancer research); 1100 Grace Hall; Notre Dame, Indiana 46556.

Funeral service will be Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Richard J. Modell Funeral Home and Cremation; 12641 W. 143rd St.; Homer Glen, IL. (708) 301-3595. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 21 from 3:00-9:00 PM. Interment private.
 

SHELLER, Gary Duane,  81, - passed away at his Bear Valley Springs, California home on September 23,  2014. He was born November 27, 1932 in Rippey, Iowa. During World War II, his family moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where his dad was stationed at Farragut Naval Station.

His family moved to Forest City, Iowa, where Gary graduated from high school in 1950. He attended Barber College and was a barber in Forest City before being drafted into the Army. He was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas and Ft. Carson, Colorado

In 1953 Gary became an Air Traffic Controller in Pittsburgh, PA and later at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

He married Marvel Erdahl of Forest City, Iowa in 1962, and they lived in Aurora, IL where they raised two children.

In 1977 they moved to Camarillo, CA and Gary worked at the Los Angeles ARTCC in Palmdale, CA. After a 24 year career as an Air Traffic Controller, he became a spacecraft controller at South Mountain Earth Station near Somis, CA for 17 years. He also had a private and commercial pilot license with single and twin-engine ratings. They moved to Tehachapi, CA in 1997.

Gary is survived by his wife, Marvel, daughter: Ann (Mike) Chiarini of Tehachapi; daughter-in-law: Melinda Sheller of Cmarillo; and grandchildren: Matt Fort of Phoenix, AZ, Luke Chiarini of Tehachapi, and Madeline Sheller of Camarillo.

Memorials may be made to the New Sanctuary Fund at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church; 329 S. Mill St.; Tehachapi, California 93561.

 

RUNNER, George H.  73, - of Aurora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday October 8, 2014 at Seasons Hospice, Naperville, IL. He was born November 9, 1940 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

Survivors include his wife, Donna (Ramsey) Runner; his son: Steve (Catherine) Runner; and two grandchildren: Sam and Georgia Runner.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, October 11 at the Daleiden Mortuary in Aurora. Condolences  or to sign the guest book for George's family may be added to their interactive website:  www.daleidenmortuary.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George's name may be made to Seasons Hospice Naperville; 2195 W. Diehl Rd.; Naperville, IL 60563.
 

WHITE, Richard 'Dick',  79, - of Batavia, Illinois, passed away Wednesday May 21, 2014. He was  born on September 13, 1934 in Woodstock, IL.

Dick graduated from Genoa High School in 1952 and enlisted in the US Air Force for 4 years. He attended radar school in Biloxi, MS.

He married Dorothy J. Smith on June 22, 1953.

Dick was an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL for 32 years. When he retired from the FAA, he worked as a consultant for the Air Transportation Association for 9 years.

In retirement he spent Winters in Destin, FL and fishing in Canada in the Summer. He enjoyed all sports, but golfing was his favorite.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy White of Batavia; daughters: Denise M. (Brian) Haney of Palmer, Alaska; Robin K. (Paul) Dunaway of Litchfield Park, AZ; and son: Richard J. White  Jr. of Elburn, IL.; Grandchildren: Tanya Chaison, Danny Burgess, Dorian (Tammy) Burgess, Jennifer (Chad) Erpelding and Brandy Haney; and 11 Great-grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday May 27, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Moss Family Funeral Home at 209 South Batavia Avenue; Batavia, IL. Visitation will also be on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Bethany Lutheran Church; 8 S. Lincoln St.; Batavia, IL.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday May 28, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church; Batavia.

A committal service will be held at 3:30 PM Wednesday at the Belvidere Cemetery in Belvidere, IL.
 

YEARY, Rev. Aaron V. Sr., 71, - of Sugar Grove, Illinois , passed away at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sunday May 4, 2014.

Aaron worked at Chicago ARTCC in the West Terminal area and became a Team Supervisor before he transferred to Memphis.

Aaron is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lynette Phillips-Yeary; children: Rv. Dr. Sheridan Todd (Rhonda) Yeary; Edward Joseph Green II; Aaron Vaughn Yeary II; and Mrs. Kimberly Dawn (Fontaine) Yeary-Berry.

Grandchildren: Vanecia Boyd, Antoinette Lang, Victoria Boyd, Dominic Thompson, Robert Yeary, Erin Yeary, Simone Yeary, Chyna Green, Michael Taylor, Kameron Berry, Edward Green III, Jordan Yeary and Joshua Yeary.

Great-grandchildren: Sabrina Jackson and Nevaeh Thompson.

               

Funeral Service was held on Monday, May 12, 2014 -- Abundant Life Church; 425 Anderson St.; Morristown, TN 37814.

Interment - Yeary Family Cemetery in Lowland, Tennessee.
 

HEFELE, Karen, 74, - of Oswego, Illinois, passed away Sunday April 6, 2014. Karen worked at Chicago ARTCC in either Data Systems or Flight Data and later went to the Regional Office where she retired as a Duty Officer.

Karen is survived by her children: David, Craig and Kristin Hefele; grandson, Nicholas Hefele.

Services were held at Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia, IL.

  Huebner, Thomas 'Hubie', 70, (West Terminal) - of Las Vegas, NV, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014. Tom was born on February 13, 1943.

Tom was an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois from 1970 to 1981. When he relocated to Las Vegas, he worked at the Golden Nugget Casino.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Huebner; daughter: Cherie McCarron, and son: Gordon Huebner.

More information will be added when an obituary is available.

PILLE, Wilfred U. 'Bud', 79, (AF) - of Aurora, Illinois, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014. at Presence Mercy Medical Center. 

Bud was born February 16, 1934 in Haverhill, Iowa. He grew up in Newton, Iowa graduating from Newton High School in 1952. He served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force

Following his military service, Bud worked for the FAA for twenty-nine years: beginning at Midway Airport and later at the Aurora Air Traffic Control Center as a Computer Systems Engineer.

He was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Church. Bud, a devoted, loving husband and father enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He is remembered for his quiet and gentle spirit.

Survivors include his three daughters: Kimberly (Mark) Franzen; Debora (Alan) Hutchison; and Christine "Pixie" (Edward Brouch of Aurora, IL; four grandchildren: Edward (Rebekah) Brouch; Kathryn (Luke) Kinny; Andrew Brouch, and Kelsey Hutchinson.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife Janice K. "Jane" Pille.

Funeral service were held on January 14, 2014 St. Rita of Cascia, with interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


JOHNSON, Dolores Marie (1931-2014) (Mrs. Frank Johnson) - of Naperville, Illinois, passed away July 19, 2014. Dolores was born in Chicago, IL on June 8, 1931 and graduated from Visitation High School in Chicago.

She married Frank A. Johnson on April 21, 1951 and lived in Midlothian, IL for 9 years before moving to Naperville in 1960. Dolores was a wonderful, caring mother who enjoyed spending time with her family, spent many family fun summers in Higgins Lake, MI and enjoyed her pets, crafts, cooking, traveling and following politics.

Dolores is survived by her husband Frank A. Johnson, 3 children: Charlene M. Johnson, Robert E. (Candice) Johnson, and Judith A. (Daniel) Piszczek; and 6 grandchildren: Brandon Johnson, Stephanie Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Ryan Piszczek and Tyler Piszczek. She was preceded in death by her son Kenneth F. Johnson.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis; PO Box 305; Stevens Point, WI 54481-0305 or the Chicago Zoological Society, Giraffes at Brookfield Zoo; 3300 Golf Road; Brookfield, IL 60513.

 


-- 2013 --

Brannen, Eugene D., 69, - of West Chicago, IL passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  He was born on June 18, 1944.

Gene was a controller at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center working on Crew #3 in the West Terminal Area.

Note: (Belated entry, when more information becomes available, it will be added here.)
 

PETERSON, Curt, 59, - of Spring City, Pennsylvania, passed away Thursday October 31, 2013.  

Born in Rochester Minnesota, He was the son of Montel and the late Lorraine (Schroeder) Peterson. Before the Strike of 1981, Curt worked in the North Wing.

Curt was an active member of Stowe Archery Club and was an accomplished tournament archer competing in shoots across the country. He helped start the Youth League and founded the South East Regional Indoor 3D Shootout. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

Curt was an avid outdoorsman and touched the hearts of many people, and could always make them laugh.

Survivors include his wife and father and 3 daughters: Kristi (Joe) Hoffman; Tammi (Trevor) Meade and Gretchen Nawrotzki; one son: Douglas Peterson; and 5 grandchildren.

Funeral service was celebrated on November 7 at Pottstown, PA.
 

OWENS, Gerald, 73, - of Aurora, Illinois passed away on August 28, 2013.  

He was born on February 4, 1940 in Chicago, IL, attended Herzl elementary School and Farragut High School.

He married Annetta Cathey in 1962. They had three children, and were residents of Aurora, IL for 40 years.

His career included Post Office Supervisor at the United States Postal Service in Chicago; Air Traffic Controller at the FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora and Computer Scientist at Lucent Technologies.

Gerald had an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Waubonsee Community College in 1983; Bachelor of Science Degree, cum laude in 1987 and Master of Science Degree in 1991 in Computer Science from North Central College (3 degrees within 8 years).

His special talent was that of a DJ (Disk Jockey) where he performed for family and social events.

Gerald was a member of the DuPage AME Church in Lisle, IL for 18 years. Funeral services were held at the church on September 14, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Illinois Chapter HDSA (Huntington Disease Society of America); P.O. Box 1883; Arlington Heights, IL 60006-1883.  (www.hdsa.org/ilch)

 

SMITH, George G., 76, - of Aurora, Colorado passed away on July 21, 2013.  George was born on January 1, 1937 in Perry, Iowa and graduated from Perry High School in 1955.

George joined the United States Air Force in 1956 and while stationed at Norton Air Force Base, he met and married Judith A. (Kuehne) Smith in Redlands, California, September, 1958.

George was an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL. in 1961 until his transfer to the Minneapolis Center in Farmington, Minnesota where he retired in 1989.

     

They moved to Boulder, Colorado where he worked doing warehouse inventory for 11 years.

George loved to farm and work with his hands. He liked to work in his garage and build things, including toy boxes for his grandchildren, bookcases, decks and whatever else his family needed. He loved sports, especially football and coached his children's baseball and softball teams when they were young. His main source of joy was having his family, children and grandchildren gathered around him.

     

He is survived by his loving wife, Judith Smith of Aurora, CO; children: Jacqueline (Jared Steinberg) Sene of denver, CO; David (Jenna) Smith of Centennial, CO: and Melanie Smith Nichols of Fort Collins, CO. Two ex-son-in-laws: Lee Nichols of Fort Collins, CO and Alassane (Rewa) Sene of Denver, CO as well as 5 grandchildren: Omar, Sophie, Grace, Stella, and Emma.

Flowers may be sent to the funeral home listed below. If y ou would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or any military organization of your choosing.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM, Friday, July 26 at Olinger Funeral Home; 8600 East Hampden Avenue,; Denver, Colorado 80231  (303) 771-4636.
 

MAYES, Robert L., 80, - of Yorkville, Illinois passed away on July 21, 2013 at his home surrounded by family.  He was born on December 20, 1932 in Clifton, IL.

Bob served his country in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957; He also worked for the Defense Mapping Agency Aero Space Center and was an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

In 1954, Bob married Shirley Anderson, and they spent the next 52 years together until her passing in 2006.

Bob was an avid golfer and spent many hours with his friends at Cedardell Golf Course (where he was a member). He also had memberships in the Plattville United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #489, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 579, Yorkville Lions Club, Citizens Police Academy Alumni of Yorkville and the Kendall County Historical Society (where he spent many hours mowing).

Bob was a pilot with Commercial, Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings. He loved to travel and one of his most memorable trips was flying his family to California in a Cherokee Six. He enjoyed travels to Germany, Africa, Alaska, Nova Scotia, Canada, Mexico and many golf trips throughout the United States.

He is survived by his children: Sheryl (Wes) Stewart, Rebecca (Tim) Johnson, Randal (Carla) Mayes; grandchildren: Adrienne Kelley, Nicholas (Jessica) Scott, Stephanie Johnson, Joseph Mayes, Carolyn (Aaron) Jensen; great-grandchildren: Daniel James, Myah, Sienna, and Evan. He was preceded in by his wife Shirley, and grandson Daniel Robert Kelley.

VISITATION: Friends may visit from 4-7PM on Wednesday July24 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 East Countryside Parkway; Yorkville, ILL.

FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 East Countryside Parkway; Yorkville, IL and interment at the Elmwood Cemetery in Yorkville, IL.

MEMORIALS: may be directed to the Daniel Kelley Young Eagles Scholarship fund at EAA Chapter 579; c/o Lawrence O. Shaw, Treasurer; 147 Buckingham Drive; Sugar Grove, IL 60554 or The Compassionate Friends, Fox Valley Chapter; P.O. Box 343; Warrenville, IL 60555.

 

NICHOLS, John Phillip, 66, - of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on July 9, 2013.  

John was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana and was an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL from 1970 to about 1979, then transferred to Wichita Tower.

John was a U.S. Army Vietnam vereran and also owner of John's Place inside the former Lou Grubb Chevrolet Auto Dealership.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 19 years, Carol Nichols; his daughters: Shannon S. Fuscaldo (Steve); Heather A. Carmody (Daniel), Cristin R. Twyford and his son: James E. Nichols; 5 grandchildren: Jamie Hernandez (Ashley), Marc Hernandez, Catherine Carmody, Caroline Carmody, Daniel Carmody; and one great-grandchild: Jamie Hernandez, Jr.

A celebration of his life was held on July 15, 2013 at Maggiano's Little Italy in Scottsdale, AZ.
 

DREHER, Alfred D. 'Danny', 90, - of Jasper, Indiana passed away on June 20, 2013 in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. 

He was born in Gary, Indiana on October 4, 1922. He married Shirlene Magers June 15, 1958 at Valparaiso, Indiana.

Alfred was a WWII Army-Air Force veteran, was a Hump pilot and flew missions in India and China. He served in the Air Force for 13 years.

Danny was an Air Traffic Controller for 24 years at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois.

He enjoyed fishing, golfing, camping, boating, snowmobiling, hunting and hiking.

He was a life member of the V.F.W. and Hump Pilot Association and a member of the Jasper Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife Shirlene, 2 daughters: Patricia Bree (Don), Aurora, IL; Anna McCormich, Montgomery, IL; two sons: Thomas Dreher and wife Linda, Keystone Heights, FL: and Douglas Dreher of Angelica, NY; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death is one daughter: Jayetta Moser.

Funeral services were held Monday June 24, 2013, with military grave-side rites.

Condolences may be sent to Shirlene Dreher; 376 Saint Charles Street; Jasper, IN 47546-9054

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ; Jasper, IN.
 

SAMP, Earl, 82, - of Cape Coral, Florida passed away on April 17, 2013.  

Earl is survived by his wife Doris Samp.

No services are planned and cremation will take place. Other information will be posted here when available.
 

JOHNSON, Kenneth W., 54, - of Plainfield, IL, passed away on March 17, 2013. He was born on October 16, 1958.

He is Survived by his wife Susan (Knieps), sons: Alex, Max, and Christopher; daughters: Hanna and Elaina. He was preceded in death by his first wife. Her name was Gregg (Gullickson) Johnson, who had a child from a previous marriage.

Ken worked in the Southwest area at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

Memorials may be made, in Ken's memory to: Peace Memorial Church, United Church of Christ; 10300 W. 131st Street; Palos Park, IL. 60464.
 

WHITE, Robert J. Bob 'Whizzer', 78, - of Montgomery, IL passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL.

Bob was born on September 16, 1934 in Garden City, Michigan.

He served his country honorably with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Bob was an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora since 1976.

He loved the outdoors: hunting and fishing, and their back porch was stuffed with salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, crappie, bluegill, and deer antlers.His life-long hobby turned into his favored fishing charter business on Lake Michigan: "King Fisherman". He became a charter captain in 1980 and retired 27 years later from his Kingfisherman charter at Diversey Harbor.

Bob and Stephanie traveled for 6 months last  year in a motor home with 2 months in Alaska where he loved to fish. They were also planning a trip to Louisiana and a summer trip to Maine with a stop at a Tigers game at Yankee Stadium.

Bob grew up in Detroit and was a life-long supporter of Motor City sports teams. Bob and Stephanie collected baseball stadiums on their travels, trying to see Tigers games at away stadiums.

He was a member of the Montgomery Memorial VFW Post, Yorkville American Legion Post and the Chicago Sport-fishing Association.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years: Stephanie, three daughters: Caroline (Richard) Calvin of Seneca, IL; Mary Maher of Montgomery, IL; Catie (Jeff) Harrison of Naperville, IL; his son Mark (Denise) White of North Bend, WA; five grandchildren: Malia Cole, Alex and Sam White, kathryn and Hannah Maher; two great-grandchildren: Jaden and Ryah Boudreau.

He was preceded in death by a daughter: Johanna White and grandson Ryan Boudreau.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday March 22,2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory; 1801 Douglas Rd.; Oswego, IL.

Memorials may be directed to Honor Flight Chicago, 938 W. Montana St.; Chicago, IL 60614.

 

ESPINOSA, Albert, 78, - passed away on February 28, 2013, at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL, after complicated surgery to remove an aggressive, malignant brain tumor.

He was born April 22, 1934 in Kansas City, MO, and attended North East High School in Kansas City.

Al served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, and was a Com Tech (responsible for radio frequencies, BUECS, voice recorders and VSCS as well as other equipment) at Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL for over 40 years, where he was still employed.

He was a member of Holy Angels Church. Al loved sports including tennis, golf and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of over 52 years: Karen R. Espinosa; Son, Chris (Joann) Espinosa; daughter: Stacey K. Espinosa; grandson: Andrew Espinosa.


 

ZINN, Willis Albert Jr, 83, - passed away on January 14, 2013, at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Florida. He was born on January 28, 1929 in Amsterdam, Missouri, and made his home in Hume, Missouri.

Willis is survived by his wife, Laura Jean Zinn of Hume, Missouri; 3 daughters: Cathy Thurow and husband Larry of Monticello, Illinois; Pamela "Pam" Yarick and husband Meredith of Hume, MO; and Karen McGuire and husband Tom of Bloomington, IL; 6 grandchildren: Heather Kibbler and husband Sam; Ian Thurow, Kimberly Yarick, Matthew Yarick, Brooke McClure and Bill McClure and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

A Memorial Service is planned for Friday January 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in Hume, MO at the Hume Methodist Church with Kay Zimmer officiating.

Visitation will be Thursday evening (1/24/13) from 5-7 PM at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660) 679-6555. in Butler, Missouri. Burial in Ft. Scott National Cemetery, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rich Hill American Legion; Hume Methodist Church or the National Rifle Association.
 


-- 2012 --

THIEM, Alan Edward, 75, - passed away on January 21, 2012, of Cannon Falls, Minnesota at Angels Care Center.

Al was born on July 16, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in Alpena, MI and graduated from Alpena High School in 1954. After graduation, he served four years in the United States Air Force.

He married Joanne Lucas in Wayne, MI on May 5, 1962, and they lived in Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota for a span of almost 25 years while he was an Air Traffic Controller. He worked at Detroit ARTCC until it closed and then transferred to Chicago ARTCC. He transferred to Minneapolis ARTCC when they took the DSM/OMA airspace.

He returned to Michigan for 10 years, then moved back to Minnesota where he was employed in the US Postal service, until he retired in 2004.

Alan was a member of St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church, where he served on the Property Committee and assisted in ushering on a regular basis. He was a volunteer with the Respite Care and Senior Companion Program at the Shepherd's Center of Cannon Valley, MN.

Al enjoyed building and fabricating wood splitters, working in his shop, gardening and any time spent on his tractor. He also loved hunting, fishing and camping with his family.

After retirement, Al and Joanne enjoyed traveling and spent several Winters in Arizona and Texas.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Joanne; son, John; grandchildren: Joseph (Brook Pommerening), Bradey, Tyler and Courtney Thiem; great-grandchildren: Lila Marie Neufeld; Hannah, Gavin and Mason Thiem.

He was preceded in death by son, Tom.

Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota at a later time.
 

LEGAN, Kenneth, 75, - passed away on Monday (d. November 19, 2012).at his home in Shabbona, Ilinois.

Ken was in the U.S. Marines in California, lived in Minnesota and was a firefighter in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

He worked for the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller/Supervisor, in the SW area, at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL.  

Ken was a cancer survivor of 13 years and his health deteriorated after a bad fall earlier this year. He is survived by his first wife, Lola, preceded in death by his second wife, Mary, lost his two siblings: John and Anita; and is survived by his children: Diana (Legan) Miller (active at ZAU in SW area), Christopher and Kenneth along with their families. Grandsons: Richard and James; and son-in-law Peter Miller (ret. N, NE, East Controller @ ZAU).
 

GROSS, Robert, 71, - passed away on Saturday (d. October 27, 2012).at his home in Deer River, MN.

Bob was born on December 23, 1940 in Cloquet, MN.

He retired as an Air Traffic Controller in 1991, after 26 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War.

Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and hockey.

He is survived by his children: son Lance (Dolly) of Kenosha, WI, and daughter Jackie (David Kangas) Torre of Barnum; grandchildren: Cheryl, Chrissy, Shayne and Whitney; 4 great-grandsons; sister Virginia Lins; cousin and godmother, Anna Belle and the Schul family and Bop's faithful companion Sarah.

A Memorial Service was held on November 1, 2012 in the Handevidt Funeral Home in Cloquet, MN.
 

GARBE, Sharon K. (Walters) , 72, - of Mendota, IL passed away on Saturday (d. September 29, 2012) in Aurora surrounded by family. She was born November 7, 1939.

She married Phillip C. Garbe in December of 1989, mastered being a home-maker and joined the workforce, as a waitress, school bus driver, and dispatcher for the Kane County Sheriff's office.

Sharon retired from the FAA Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora after 19 years of service.

She is survived by her husband, Phillip; two daughters: Christina (Daniel) Clampitt and Diana (David) Garbe; four sons: William Mingus, Brian (Stacy) Mingus, Barry (Jeannette) Mingus and Michael Garbe; ten grandchildren; three great-grandsons; one sister: Linday Clay, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk, IL. Burial will follow in Troy Grove Cemetery in Troy Grove.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk.

Memorials may be directed to Tails Animal Shelter in Dekalb, IL.
 

YOUNG, Donnie W., 75, - passed away on Tuesday (d. September 18, 2012).at his home with his family by his side. Don was born on September 8, 1937.

Don worked as an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

He is survived by his wife Terry; brothers: Billy and Bobby Young; son: Jeff Young (wife, Sherrill); daughter: Kimbre LaBlonde; step-son Matthew Chrisman (wife, Angie); step-daughter: Stacy Bell; grandchildren: Jennifer Driggs (husband Dan), Matthew Young, Paige and Pheobe LaBlonde; step-grandchildren: Luke and Sadie Chrisman, Matthew and Andy Bell; and great-granddaughter: Evalyn Driggs.

A celebration of life was held at Don's home in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday, September 22, 1912.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Cancer Research Foundation.
 

FOSSEL, Ronald G. "Ron", 78, - of Batavia, Illinois passed away Sunday (September 16, 2012), at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, IL. He was born April 8, 1934 in Chicago.

Ron proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, stationed aboard the icebreaker U.S.S. Atka.

He worked for the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller for 30 years. He was also the owner of Alison's Bar and Restaurant in Batavia for 18 years.

He was past commander of the American Legion in Geneva, IL and an active member of the Batavia Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his significant other, Dee J. Foster of Batavia; two daughters: Mary Ornstein of Libertyville, IL and Heidi (Michael) Murphy of San Francisco, CA; five grandchildren: Rebecca, Grant, and Gilbert Ornstein and Ashley and Patrick Murphy; two sisters: Barbara (Bob) Gurski of North Riverside, IL and Karen (Gene) Snyder of Oregon and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Nancy Fossel, and a son-in-law, Lee Ornstein.

Interment in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ron may be directed to the American Cancer Society; 143 First Street; Batavia, IL 60510.
 

RIDLEY, Frederick "Fred", 77- of Cape Coral, Florida passed away on Saturday (d. September 1, 2012).

He was born on November 29, 1934 in Marshalltown, Iowa, but grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was one of seven children. Fred Served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years and was stationed in a remote part of Alaska.

After his service, Fred began a long career with the FAA at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL. He retired in 1984 and in 2003 moved to Cape Coral, Florida.

Fred and Annette shared 24 years of marriage. He was a strong person with a great positive attitude and didn't complain when he was diagnosed with cancer. He had a wonderful sense of humor and found something to laugh about every day. Material things were never important, but Fred preferred animals, traveling and relaxing on the lanai.

A private memorial service was held on September 4 at Coral Ridge Mausoleum in Cape Coral, FL.
 

McNALLY Jr., James "Jim" Patrick, 76, - of the Village of Lakewood, IL passed away on Wednesday (d. August 15, 2012) at Centegra Hospital in McHenry

Jim was born on October 10, 1935 in Chicago, and graduated from St. Rita High School in Chicago. He attended Southwestern College in Oklahoma City and finished his education at Oklahoma City University.

He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1953 and trained to become an Air Traffic Controller. He married Barbara Polnaszek in Chicago in 1960.

In 1993, Jim received a Certificate of  Appreciation from the FAA. During his 43 years of service with the FAA, Jim was an Air Traffic Controller, an Air Traffic Control Instructor and was also in management before his retirement in 1994.

He enjoyed bowling, golf and softball and his favorite Chicago teams: The Chicago White Sox, Bears and also Notre Dame football.

Jim is survived by his wife Barbara; children: Linda (Jay) Wozniak, Sharon McNally, James P. McNally III and grandchildren: Taylor Bevis, Lexie Bevis, Morgan, Megan and Jake Wozniak and Taylor McNally and his sister Rita DeVito, and his two dogs: Panda and Gibbs.

Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m., Friday, August 17 at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. , (Rt. 176), Crystal Lake , IL 60014 . A second visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., August 18, at the funeral home, proceeding to St. Thomas Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave., (Rt.176), Crystal Lake, IL 60014 for an 11:30 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of James P. McNally may be made to The Block Medical Center for Integrative Cancer Care “Block Research Foundation,” 5230 Old Orchard Road , Skokie , IL 60077 . For information call 847-492-3040 or www.blockmd.com.

 

SNELL, Frank Jr., 85, - of Yellville, Arkansas passed away on Thursday (d. August 9, 2012) at Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He was born in Laverne, Oklahoma on August 1, 1927, and served his country in the Army in Korea. He worked as an Air Traffic Control Specialist in Air Traffic Control Centers in Detroit, St. Louis, Olathe, Kansas and Chicago ARTCC at Aurora, IL, and retired after 30 years of service.

He is a member of Rea Valley Baptist Church in Flippin, Arkansas.

Frank is survived by his wife, Sonja Snell of Yellville; one son: Frank E. Snell, III of Delton, MI; four daughters: Karen Jones of Yellville; Kathy Bebout of Yellville; Lea Corcoran of Bloomington, IL; and Jana Snell of Yellville; one sister: Betty Snell of Springfield, IL; twenty grandchildren; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday August 25, 2012 at Rea Valley Baptist Church in Flippin, Arkansas

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House, 774 Long St.; Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653.
 

LINDSAY, Thomas Edward, 79, - (d. June 7, 2012) in Naples, Florida. Formerly of Romeoville, IL, Tom had been a Naples resident since 1986. He worked part-time for McConnell's True Value Hardware in Naples.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Tom retired from the Federal Aviation Administration where he worked as a controller and supervisor at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

Tom is preceded in death by his devoted wife of 55 years, Mary Ann Lindsay and is survived by children: Mark T. Lindsay of Naples; Kenneth J. (Nancy) Lindsay of Plainfield, IL; David M. (Merry) Lindsay also of Naples and Suzanne (Kenneth) Medford of Charlotte, NC. Also 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services and burial will take place in Illinois.  July 21, 2012 - 11:00 AM - Resurrection Cemetery; Romeoville, IL. on 135th Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Thomas's name may be made to: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church; 1530 Rattlesnake Hammock Road; Naples, FL 34113.

 

LYNCH, Donn E. 78,- (d. February 28, 2012) passed away in his home in Sycamore, IL. Donn was born on July 28, 1933 in Princeton, IL.

Donn graduated from Aurora University in 1959. He and his wife of 59 years, Fae L. (Chaon), were married in Elburn, IL on December 20, 1952.

Donn had a long-time passion for cars, selling cars since  he was 18, and worked for Lou's Jeep/Eagle for 10 years, and he never missed the Annual Chicago Auto Show.

Donn's career was an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora. He had a Commercial Pilot's license with instructor, instrument and multi-engine ratings, and flew single and twin-engine airplanes across the United States to Europe and Australia.

Donn held the office of President of the Geneva Playmakers and also acted at the Boulder Hill Play House.

He is survived by his wife, Fae Lynch, Sycamore, his children: Mark Lynch of Islip Terrace, NY; Laura (Robert) Guigley of Coopersburg, PA; Elizabeth (Guy) Kolar of Plano, IL; and Jennifer (Patrick) Denlinger of Elburn, IL as well his grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; his sister Karen Rivera of St. Charles, several nieces and nephews and a former foreign exchange student, Jouni (Merja) Silvenoinnen of Joensuu, Finland.                          

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 4 PM to 8 PM at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home; 1010 W. South St.; Plano, IL. Interment will follow at the Little Rock Township Cemetery; Plano, IL.

Memorials in Donn's name may be directed to the DeKalb County Hospice; 2727 Sycamore Rd, 1B; DeKalb, IL 60115.

BLASSINGAME, Carl E. Sr. 78, - (d. February 14, 2012) in Central DuPage Hospital in Illinois. Carl was born on June 28, 1933 in Detroit, MI.

In 1946 Carl joined the US Air Force Auxiliary (his first introduction to airplanes - a single-engine plane).

He graduated from Cass Tech High School in 1952, majoring in electrical engineering. He then enlisted in the Air Force (1953-1957).

Carl began his career with the FAA in 1971 and after 39.5 years of civil service, he retired in 1993. Carl was a supervisor in Airways Facilities at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL.

Survivors include his sister, Sylvia Belfon (Frank & family), Valerie Alexander (Gene & Family), Carl Jr. (Marie & family), Michael (Linda and family) Derek (Tracy & family), Joy and family, Craig and family and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his cousin Neely and her husband.

Funeral services were held at Bethany United Methodist Church of Fox Valley.

FARRADAY, Stephen R., 76, - (d. January 24, 2012  in KSB Hospital in Dixon, IL. Steve was born on July 2, 1935 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He married Patricia Baumann on April 15, 1961 in St. Peter's Catholic Church; Skokie, IL.

Steve graduated from Joliet Catholic High School; Lewis University and the Air Traffic Control Academy in Oklahoma City, OK. He was employed by the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center for 40 years before retiring in 1998.

Steve and Pat lived in Oregon, IL since 1996 after residing in Aurora for 30 years.

He served his country in the US Navy and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon; Oregon Knights of Columbus Council 1092; Oregon Lions club and Blackhawk Bicycle and Ski Club.

Steve was an aviation and Lionel train enthusiast, a lifelong avid bicyclist and a lover of the outdoors and birds.

He is survived by his wife: Pat; sons: Michael (Kathe) Farraday of Wheaton and James (Sunna) Farraday of Mt. Prospect; also his daughters: Laura (James) Mont of Flower Mound, TX; Diana (David) Foster of Doyles Town, PA and Mary Beth (Jont) Tyson of Wauwatosa, WI.

Also 12 grandchildren: Megan, Jack, Sarrah, Benjamin, Michael, Collin, William, Julia, Truman, Henry, Mia and Erin; and a brother: Richard Farrday of Naples, FL.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 South Seventh Street, Oregon, IL. Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM Monday January 30, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL with Rev. Joseph Naill, celebrant.

Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon, IL. A memorial fund has been established.

MURPHY, Betty J. (Nee Czosek), 79, - (d. January 11, 2012  in Woodruff, Wisconsin. Betty was born on March 1, 1932. She was preceded in death by her high school sweetheart, husband and soulmate: Walter P. Murphy, longtime members of Holy Family Catholic Church of Woodruff, WI.

Betty is survived by her daughters: Kathryn (Daniel Baechle) Murphy; Karen (Mark) Niederkorn; Peggy (Dean) Menos; and Eileen Murphy;  and sons: Paul (Lori) Murphy; Timothy (Lisa) Murphy; Michael Murphy, John (Alice) Murphy.

Grandchildren: Dan (Christie) Baechle, Nathan (Lauren) and Emma Niederkorn; Tonia and Kyle Murphy, Ashley (Simeon) Patton, Andrea and Matthew Murphy, Michael (Amber), Megan and Ian Murphy and Augie and Alex Menos.

Great-Grandchildren: Chance and Hallie Brown, Jake, Roman and Olivier Patton and Lillyan, Evelyn and Michael Murphy, Dylan and Alex Balt, as well as many nieces, nephew and many friends.

Betty graduated from Resurrection High School and attended the University of Illinois. In 1969 she was certified as one of the first female Air Traffic Controllers in the United States, and enjoyed a successful career with the FAA at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois.

When she retired, she enjoyed life in the Northwoods of Wisconsin where she was an enthusiastic volunteer in her community.

Memorial Visitation will be Thursday, January 19, 2012 (4-9 PM), with a memorial service at 7:00 PM at the Beverly Ridge Funeral Home; 10415 S. Kedzie; Chicago, IL. Friends and family will gather at 11:00 AM Friday January 20, 2012 at St. Casimir Cemetery Interment Chapel; 4401 West 111th Street; Chicago, IL.

A memorial mass will take place on May 26 at holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff, Wisconsin..

Memorials may be made to the North Lakeland Discovery Center; P.O. Box 237; Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 or Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center; 3560 US Hwy 51 N; Woodruff, WI 54568.


-- 2011 --

LARSON, Alan Keith, 77 - (d. 16 December  2011) in Texas - Al was born April 8, 1934, in Fargo, North Dakota. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He was employed by the FAA as an Air Traffic Control Area Manager at Chicago ARTCC and also Dallas-Fort Worth ARTCC. He retired in Texas.

Al is survived by his loving wife: Lyn; son, Alan Jeffery; daughters: Gina Marie, Hillary Ann, Alaina Lyn; Brother Robert; sister, Karen and grandchildren: Anika Lyn and Zackery Lucas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Bedford, Texas; Interment: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery..

VOLPE, Vince, 73 - (d. 07 November  2011) --  passed away at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, IL. He was born September 4, 1938 in Chicago.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Volpe; his 3 children: Deborah Volpe, Vincent Paul Volpe, and Karen Volpe; his brother: John (Barb) Volpe; 2 sisters: Joy Adams and Rosemary (Gary) Jones; his brother-in-law Tony Stasney; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 13 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM (with a liturgical wake serve at 7:00 PM at the Daleiden Mortuary; 220 N. Lake St.; Aurora (630) 631-5500.   www.daleidenmortuary.com

Funeral Mass will be Monday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Annunciation Church; 1820 church Road; Aurora, and Fr. Patric Gillmeyer will officiate with interment at Marywood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.

JOWERS, Johnnie Earl, 74 - (d. 13 October  2011) in Thomasville, Alabama. He was known as "Sonny" to close family and friends. Johnnie was born  March 1, 1937 in Sweetwater, Alabama in a close knit family and joined the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

He graduated from Marengo High School in 1956 and joined the United States Air Force. After his discharge, he moved to Chicago and married a spirited former cheerleader for his high school football team: Rosa Bell Dixon in 1962. They settled in Aurora, IL, where Johnnie worked for the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller and database administrator. Johnnie and Rosa had four children.

He was always active, and went back to school at Northern Illinois University and earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. His first business was an upscale ladies clothing boutique, then a music store, and then he started the first beauty supply store in Aurora that specialized in black hair care products. He also had a beauty shop in this store and two other locations. His next project was to acquire various rental properties in Aurora.

Johnnie was active in the Main Baptist Church and served as a Deacon.  He was also busy in politics, business and community activities. After his divorce he moved to the Washington, D.C. area and joined the Promise Land Baptist church in northwest Wash. D.C. where he also served as a deacon.

He then started teaching in the Prince Georges County school system in the Technical Education Department. While teaching, in 1999, he married librarian and media specialist, Jeanette Gray. In 2005 he joined the Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington, Maryland and was an active member until they divorced. He got married again in 2009  to  Dorothy Mae. and retired to Sweetwater, Alabama.

His life was one of constant activity with many hobbies and interests including politics, reading, bowling, baseball, golf and even poker, but his main passion was creating and developing new business ideas.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mae Jowers; four children (from his first marriage): Mary Jowers (Keevin) Pullen of Aurora, IL; Brenda Diane (George) Lowery of Bolingbrook, IL; Johnnie Earl Jowers, Jr. of Aurora, IL; Lisa (Dave) Weber of Suitland, Maryland and their mother, Rosa Bell Jowers, still living in Aurora; three stepchildren: Janice (Guy) Rand of Mobile, Alabama; Marcella Gould and Ulysses Grant both of Dixons Mills, Alabama, and eight grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Services were held at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Sweetwater, Alabama. Condolences may be sent to the family at: 711 South Edgelawn Drive; Aurora, IL 60506.

SMITH, Colin, 68 - (d. 03 October  2011) - Colin was born March 10, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. After the Strike he came back to Michigan and settled in a small town (Lewiston, MI) East of Gaylord, where he worked on garages and installation of doors and lifters. He seemed to have no remorse about 1981.

A memorial mass was held on October 7, 2011 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Gaylord, MI.

BARTELS, Junior,76 - (d. 22 September 2011) of Genoa, IL, formerly of Plano and Rogers, Ark, passed away at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, IL.

Born June 12, 1935, in Muscoda, WI, Bartels was a 1954 graduate of Muscoda High School and attended the University of Wisconsin in Plattville for two years.

Junior was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and served in radio operations. This led to his career as an FAA Air Traffic Controller for 32 years, retiring from Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in 1995.

Junior was married for 21 years to Virginia Morgan until her passing in 1974. He later married Mary Knief of Burlington on October 20, 1978.

Mr. Bartels was a past president of the Plano Jaycee's and past president of the Plano United Community Fund. He was a proud member of the American Legion of Rogers, the VFW Post #8043 of Hampshire and a longtime member of the Loyal Order of Moose, both in Springdale, Ark, and DeKalb, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters: Cheryl Bartels of Oswego and Cathy (Jim) Peterson of Rantoul, IL; two granddaughters: Katie and Carrie Peterson; sisters: Eloise (Lyle) Sieger, Emily Kolman, Margery Mohr, Kathleen (Marvin) Pursell and Susie (Richard) Balousek; and many nieces and nephews.

The wake will be at the Frederick Funeral Home; 284 Park St.; Hampshire, IL 60240, on Monday, September 26 (4-8 p.m.) The funeral will be at the funeral home on Tuesday September 27 at 11:00 a.m.

Burial with Military Honors will be held at the Burlington Township Union Cemetery.

Memorials in his name can be directed to the American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation.

RING, Donald Arthur 'Don', 74 - (d. 28 March 2011) at Largo Medical Center in Largo, FL- Don was born August in Chicago, IL. He served his country honorably with the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller from 1955 to 1958. After his military service he continued as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA for 25 years and retired in 1981.

Don was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Oswego, IL; also the Turner Club and Irish Club of Aurora, IL.

Don is survived by his wife Patricia (Budny) whom he married on June 3, 1961 in Elmhurst, IL; two daughters: Linda (Scott) Jordan of Bloomington/Normal, IL; Donna (Ronald) Miller of Oswego, IL; five grandchildren: Ronne, Allyson and Joseph 'JD' Miller; Marissa and Teagan Jordan; two sisters: Judith Salutric of Northlake, IL; Jeanne (Michael) Erbach of Schaumburg, IL; two brothers: Thomas (Pauline) Ring of Crystal Laek, IL; James (Shirley) Ring of Huntley, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM at St. Anne Catholic Church; 551 Boulder Hill Pass; Oswego, IL.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 501 St. Jude Street; Memphis, TN 38105.

JOHNSON, Donald, 66 - (d. 28 February 2011) - Don was born August 7, 1944 in Chattanooga, TN to Goodlow and Julia Johnson. He received his education in the Detroit School System, and later joined the US Air Force.

He moved to Aurora where he was employed for 25 years as an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA.

Survived by his wife, Brenda (Griffin) Johnson and his children: Teisha M. Johnson, Lindsey Johnson, Darius Johnson and Raymond (Shonte) Griffin; grandchildren: William and Aaliyah Griffin; his mother Johnnie Johnson; his siblings, Faye Johnson and Demetrius Cates, and a host of other relatives and friends. Interment in Detroit, MI.

DONAHOE, Thomas J., 77 - (d. 14 January 2011) - passed away peacefully in Apple Valley, MN.

Preceded in death by his wife, Lenora, former wife & friend, Collette; parents, Ted & Nora; children: Steven, Julie, and Tom; son-in-law, Larry.

Survived by his wife, Nancy; children: Denise, Tim (PoChu), Scott (Debbie), Lisa, and Sean; 8 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; step-children: Eileen (Ken); Mary (Dave), James (Kate); and 6 step-grandchildren; also by other relatives and friends.

Deep gratitude to Fairview Hospice Care staff, U of M physicians, and friends who have supported Tom and our family. Mass of Christian Burial, 10am Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Church of the Risen Savior (CR 42) Burnsville. Visitation one hour prior to mass at church. Interment: Ft Snelling.

FAY, Gary F., 62 - (d. 02 January 2011) - born November 4, 1948 in Minneapolis, MN, son of the late Franklin and Patricia Fa, died in Tucson, AZ of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and FTD. 

Gary graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1970 and served 33 years as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA. He retired in 2004. He worked at nine different FAA Facilities, including Chicago ARTCC, and served as Air Traffic Manager of Tucson, AZ TRACON for eight years.

Gary loved aviation and was a pilot for 46 years. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Paula Corrette-Fay, and two children: Lindsay and Alex.

A private celebration of Gary's life was held at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation or to the Rocky Mountain Nature Association Land Protection Fund.


-- 2010 --

Veverka, Albert J., 73 - (d. 05 December 2010) -- Passed away at his home of 42 years in Sublette, IL. Born in Chicago to the late John and Sylvia (nee Suchan) Veverka.

Al is survived by his loving wife Elaine (nee Feliksik); sons: Tim (Vicky) and Jeff (Kelle); daughters: Cheryl (Alan) Zawislak and Jennifer (John) Okrzesik; Grandchildren: Eric and Paige Zawislak, John Jr, Elizabeth, David and Michael Okrzesik, Arielle and Aidean Veverka and a brother Philip (Irene) Veverka.

Al was a Navy Veteran and a retired Air Traffic Control at the Chicago Center in Aurora.

Sims, Christos T. Sr. 'Chris', 66 - (d. 06 November 2010) -- Christos T. Sims Sr. Born August 27, 1944 in Chicago , passed away November 6, 2010 at his North Aurora home. 

United States Marine Corps veteran. Former Air Traffic Controller, Loving father of Christos T. Sims Jr., Michael (Randee) Sims and Jennifer (Jay) Lacny. Beloved son of the late Sophia and Harry Sims. Proud grandfather of Andrew, Ryan, Zander and Kaitlyn.

Loving friend of Dorothy Sims. Dear brother of Aris Sims Karagianis and Nick Sims. Loving nephew of Athena Borgia. Fond uncle of George , Lydia and Leland. Fond cousin of Nick.

Committal service and military honors Friday, November 12th directly at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery , 20953 W. Hoff Road , Elwood.

Robinson, Lanson Raymond 'Lance', 73 - (d. 02 November 2010) -- 45 yr. resident of Warrenville. Beloved husband of Gloria. Loving father of Ray (Rose), Robin (Denelle) and the late Rourke. Fond father-in-law of Heather. Cherished grandfather of Michelle, Brittany, Emily, Parker, Sophia, Rourke, and Brady. Dear brother of Wanda (Walt) Thedford and Ramona (Mario) Samala.

Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Irene Church, 28W441 Warrenville Rd., Warrenville. Please meet at Church. Interment Warrenville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials donation may be made to St. Irene Church or Kiwanis Club of Warrenville, PO Box 14, Warrenville, IL 60555.

Martinson, James E. "Jim", 76 - (d. 14 October 2010) - of Montgomery, IL died peacefully at his residence on Thursday, October 14, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 21, 1933 in Harcourt, IA the son of the late Albert and Mabel nee Castner Martinson and his step-mother Marion. Jim graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture.

He then served his country honorably with the US Air Force as a Captain in the Strategic Air Command. After the service he became an air traffic controller for the FAA prior to his first retirement in 1988.

He worked as a consultant for the FAA until his second retirement in 2003. He was a member of the Oswego Presbyterian Church, and volunteered many hours in the past four years as a volunteer at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL.

Jim is survived by his wife Arlyne nee Archer Martinson (Whom he married on July 6, 1957 in Fort Dodge, IA) two daughters Sue Ann (Jim) Peters of Naperville, IL, Sharon (Patrick) Miller of Plainfield, IL, son Steve Martinson of North Aurora, IL; grandchildren Morgan and Lauren Peters; Ashlynn, Martin and Lucas Miller; sister Eloise Locke of Webster City, IA, two brothers Gordon (Eunice) Martinson of Perry, IA, Phillip (Evon) Martinson of Fort Dodge, IA and several nieces and nephews.

Jim came to Chicago ARTCC from the Detroit ARTCC in 1963. He was a team supervisor in the north Wing, and worked for WCG (training contractor) until 2003.Prior to joining the FAA Jim was a B-47 pilot in the Air Force.  He had a cancer (melanoma) in his eye several years ago, went in for some tests not related to his eye and they found liver cancer. Just two weeks and his liver shut down.   

Heffron, Richard "Dick" E., 75 - (d. 22 September 2010) - Janesville, WI

(November 16, 1934 - September 22, 2010)  --  Richard E. "Dick" Heffron, 75, Janesville, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born on Nov. 16, 1934, in Mifflin, WI, son of the late Ralph and Gladys (Kreps) Heffron. He was united in marriage on June 17, 1962, to Judith Paye in Rockford, IL.

Dick had worked as an Air Traffic Controller in Aurora, IL. He loved to golf and fly his own airplanes. He was a member of the Egypt Shrine in Florida and a 50-year member of the EFW Ellis Lodge in Rockford, IL. He was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Judie of Janesville; three daughters: Colleen (Richard) Wright of Shakopee, MN, Terry Kling of Galesville, WI, and Darcie Schroeder of St. Charles, IL; two sons, Dale Heffron of Florida and Roger (Catherine) Heffron of Kenosha, WI; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kathleen Clark of Janesville and Jill (Mitch) Benson of Janesville; and three brothers: Eddie (Sue) Heffron of Brookfield, WI, Dan (Daleen) Heffron of Prairie du Sac, WI, and Gary Heffron of Santa Fe, NM.
 

 

DULIN, Michael Dennis 'Mike', 66 - (d. 28 July 2010) of Panajachel, Guatemala, and Helsinki, Finland from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. Born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, he was a 1961 graduate of Janesville H.S.

He was a retired Air Traffic Controller at O'Hare Airport, and the founder and CEO of SharewareJunkies.com, and other related web sites. He also served as the President of the Association of Software Professionals. The ASP Board of Directors voted to include Mike into the ASP Hall of Fame.

An avid cook, if he prepared a meal for you, you remembered it.

Mike is survived by his wife, Aira (Matikainen) and son Patrick, both of Helsinki; daughter Kelly of Chicago, and son Gary (Lynne) of Monmouth, IL; three grandchildren, two nieces, two uncles and many friends around the world.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made in his name by WBEZ Radio, Chicago, and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Mauntel, Robert Raaf "Bob", 78 - (d. 28 May 2010) - St. Charles, IL
 

Memorial visitation for Robert Raaf "Bob" Mauntel will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 14, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St. (corner of Route 64 and Route 25), St. Charles, followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m.

Born June 21, 1931, in Mendota, Ill., the second son of Harry and Beulah (nee Winsett) Mauntel, he passed away Friday, May 28, 2010. Bob, along with his older brother, Richard, grew up in Mendota, attending grade school and high school there. Although very private about it, he was an accomplished French horn and piano player.

After high school, he attended LaSalle-Peru Junior College for two years, where he played basketball. His junior year he transferred to Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. It was there that he met his wife-to-be, Donna Cable.

Bob enlisted in the Air Force in August 1952. He went through cadet training and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the spring of 1953. He and Donna were married in Dixon, Ill. in June 1953, and lived an Air Force life for the next four years. During that time, a daughter, Kathi, was born to them on a military base in Albuquerque, N.M.

Bob was discharged from the Air Force in 1956, and then enrolled at the University of Illinois, where he received his college degree in business. He became a lifelong Illini fan.

By 1958, Bob was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller. He received his training in Oklahoma City and at Midway Airport in Chicago. He eventually moved to the new Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill., where he worked for over 30 years. 1958 was also a very special year in Bob's life for his son, Tim, was born.

Later in his career, Bob was assigned as a liaison officer for Air Force personnel at Scott Air Force Base in downstate Illinois. Bob loved his career in the field of aviation and was very proud to obtain his private pilot's license in the early 1970s.

Bob and his family settled in St. Charles in 1961. He was very active in helping out with local sports programs, also serving as the president of the Booster Club at St. Charles High School for a time. He was a member of the Geneva United Methodist Church and also spent a part of many Sundays cheering for the Chicago Bears.

He was an avid golfer, and in his retirement enjoyed traveling, cooking, reading the history of World War II, and he and Donna spent several winters on Marco Island, Fla.

Bob was the proud grandfather of Maggie Walsh (nee Rairdon) and Tim Rairdon, both of St. Charles. He and Donna enjoyed taking their grandchildren on several vacations. Most recently, a great-granddaughter, Libby Walsh, came into his life and he absolutely adored her.

Bob is survived by his wife, Donna; his daughter, Kathi (Dennis) O'Brien and son, Tim Mauntel of Chicago; his grandchildren, Maggie (Aaron) Walsh and Tim Rairdon, both of St. Charles; his two stepgrandchildren, Abbey O'Brien of Denver, Colo. and Eian O'Brien of St. Charles; and one great-granddaughter, Libby Walsh.

He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Billie Mauntel of Tucson, Ariz.; two nephews, Rick Mauntel of Phoenix, Ariz. and Mike Mauntel of Joseph, Ore.; and a niece, Jan (Bryan) Guthridge of Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CNS Home Health and Hospice, 690 E. North Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188-2172 or to the charity of your choice

 


 -- 2009 --

Cullerton Jr., Raymond B., 78 - (d. 16 Dec. 2009)
Taylor, Allen E. 'Pappy', 97 -
(d. 19 Dec. 2009)
McMahon, Thomas M., 77 -
(d. 22 Dec. 2009)
Johnson, Russell C., 80 -
(d. 19 Dec. 2009)
"
MOVER" - Vaughn, Donald Lee,
71 - (d. 07 Sept. 2009)
Christianson, Roger L, 84 - 
(d. 03 June 2009)
Graf, Conrad "Connie", 77 - 
(d. 04 May 2009)
Kuebelbeck, Tom, 68 -  (d. 22 April 2009)
Hills, Marvin D. "Doc", 82 - 
(d. 16 March 2009) 
Ciancanelli, Michael S., 78 - (d. 27 February 2009) 

Cullerton Jr., Raymond B., 78 - (d. 16 December 2009)

 Raymond B. Cullerton Jr., 78, formerly of Bloomingdale and Hillside; beloved husband of Rita G., nee Wrede; loving father of Linda Cullerton, Rayetta (Steven J.) McCuiston and Frank (Megan) Cullerton; dear grandfather of Steve and Lindsay McCuiston and Thomas, Robert and John Cullerton; fond son of the late Raymond and Josephine, nee Fletcher, Cullerton; dear brother of Joan Wockner, Janet (Jules) Kerns, Pat Hippert, Mary Lou (Jerry) Vitt, Gloria Cullerton and the late Thomas Cullerton.

Raymond was a retired air traffic controller with 38 years of service, a past Village Clerk of Hillside, and an Air Force Korean War Veteran.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Taylor, Allen E. 'Pappy', 97 - (d. 19 Dec. 2009)

 Allen E. Taylor, 97, one of the pioneers in the American Aviation industry, passed away on December 19, 2009 at Williamsburg Landing in Williamsburg, Virginia. Allen- or "Pappy" as his professional colleagues affectionately called him- enjoyed a career in the airline industry that spanned five decades, from the early 1930's into the mid 1970's.

He was one of the few remaining original members of American Airlines' Three Diamond Society, then American Airways' first group of employees. Mr. Taylor's aviation career path then took him into air traffic control with the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), which ultimately became today's Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).

He served as center chief at Chicago's Midway Airport & subsequently chief of the Leesburg Center for both Washington National (now Ronald Reagan International) & Dulles International Airports.

Subsequently, he was the FAA's representative at air shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. Two of the holding points over Lake Michigan for aircraft waiting to land in the Chicago area were, in fact, named "Pappy" & "Taylor" by a former flight standards team there.

Mr. Taylor was born in Hazel Dell, Illinois on May 15, 1912. He was a longtime resident of Vienna, Virginia & was actively involved in his community. He was a member of Oakton United Methodist Church & was a valued member of the Vienna (host) Lions Club for 41 years.

Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Roberta Caroline Schalk of St. Louis, Missouri, as well as his brother Paul Taylor & his sister Inez Elliott.

He is survived by his son Keith Allen Taylor & his wife Carol, of Williamsburg, Virginia; grandchildren Bradley & Jennifer Taylor of Bowling Green, Kentucky, David & Allison Taylor of Haymarket, Virginia & Bryan Taylor of Arlington, Virginia, as well as great-grandchildren Peyton, Braxton, Parker & Grace.

McMahon, Thomas M., 77 - (d.22 Dec 2009)

Thomas M. McMahon, 77, of Effingham, went to be with the Lord on December 22, 2009 in his home.

Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Shumway. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shumway or Lincoln Land Hospice of Sarah Bush. Thomas was born on December 19, 1932 in Mitchell, South Dakota, the son of John F. and Regina E. Reihsen McMahon.

He married Patsy (Pat) Baldwin on April 17, 1956 in Belleville, IL, and she survives. Also surviving are his five daughters, Kathleen (Mike) Shoemaker of Pittsboro, IN, Linda (Chris) Rohl of St. Joseph, IL, Patricia (Rich) Balow, of Park Ridge, IL, Cynthia (Steve) Abelman of Ijamesville, MD, and Mary Theresa (Bruce) Perkins, Athens, IL; 12 grandchildren, Adrienne and Alison Shoemaker, Thomas Rohl, Matthew, Mark, Mary Kate and Martin Balow, Rebecca and Anna Ableman, Seth, Andrew, and Sarah Perkins. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; two older brothers, Philip and John McMahon.

Thomas worked for the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) beginning as an air traffic controller. At retirement he held the position of Chief of the Automation Division for the Great Lakes Region. He retired after 30 years of service on February 12, 1982.

Thomas graduated from Notre Dame High School in Mitchell, South Dakota and attended South Dakota State University where he played college football on scholarship for one season and then withdrew to join the Air Force.

He served in the US Air Force from April 16, 1952 to April 15, 1956 and was a licensed pilot. He graduated from Aurora College, Aurora, IL with a degree in Psychology in May 1976.

Member of: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Shumway, IL, Effingham Knights of Columbus Council #665, NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) and Cardinal Golf Course. His hobbies included being an avid golfer, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Friends may send condolences to: hallfuneralchapel.com  

Johnson, Russell C., 80 - (d. 19 Dec 2009)

Russell C. Johnson of Oswego, IL peacefully died Saturday, December 19, 2009 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 24, 1929 in Momence, IL the son of the late John E and Lucille A. (nee Haskell) Johnson.
 
Russ Loved the Lord, was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a friend to many. He was a faithful member of St. Anne Catholic Church, where he sang in the choir and the Cursillo Movement.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Jacqueline nee Le Beau (whom he married on September 2, 1951 in Momence, IL) two daughters Michelle (John) Conger, Patricia (Frank) Hinman both of CO, three sons Mark (Judith) Johnson, Matthew Johnson both of Oswego, IL, John (Wendy) Johnson of Plano, IL, eighteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Peerbolte, brother, Robert Johnson, two nephews, Terry Peerbolte and Kent "Jake" Johnson.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Chapel in the Joachim Center of St Anne Catholic Church, 551 Boulder Hill Pass in Oswego, IL. A liturgical wake service will be conducted during the visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated by Rev. David Hankus and Rev Vern Arseneau at St Anne Church on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at St. Patrick Cemetery in Momence, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to either St Anne Catholic Church or P.A.D.S. or Vitas Hospice in Russ's memory.

Vaughn, Donald Lee "MOVER", 71 - (d. 07 September 2009)

Donald Lee "Mover" Vaughn of Mesa, AZ, formally of Aurora passed away on
Monday September 7, 2009 in Mesa, AZ. Mover was born on July 21, 1938 in
Ipava, IL to Dwight and Martha Vaughn. Mover moved to Aurora where he
worked as an air traffic controller. He had previously worked at the
Peoria Airport in Peoria, Illinois.

After retiring from the FAA he owned and operated the Aurora Athletic Club.
He married Margaret Collier Rogers and they resided in Aurora until they retired
to Mesa Arizona. Mover is survived by his mother, Martha; a special cousin,
Richard Fisher ;and his family, several other cousins; two stepsons, Carey "Gus"
and Scott "Burp" Rogers and their families, and many close friends.

 He was preceded in death by his father, Dwight; his wife, Margaret; and a stepson,
Steven "Porky" Rogers. There will be a celebration of Mover's life on Saturday,
September 12, 2009 at the Aurora Athletic Club beginning at 1 PM
 

Christianson, Roger L., 84 - (d. 03 June 2009)

 LAKE WALES, FL - Mr. Roger L. Christianson, 84, of Lake Wales, Florida, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at his home, of respiratory failure.

He was born November 18, 1924 in Gully, Minnesota to Martin and Beda Lindfors Christianson and moved to Lake Wales twenty years ago from LaGrange Park, Illinois. He loved aviation and was a private pilot for many years and retired in 1981 as an Air Route Traffic Controller at Chicago Center in Aurora, Illinois. After High School he farmed in Gully with his father and was employed by Wilson and Company. He then started college at the University of North Dakota and joined U.S. Navy. He served during WW II and the Korean War, stationed in Attu, Alaska, Korea, and Key West, Florida. Roger was a thirty plus year member of the Masonic Lodge #770 in LaGrange and in Lake Wales and member of the American Legion #0603 in Gully for fifty-seven years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-two years Janet E. Christianson, sons Robert Lowell Christianson of Crystal, Minnesota and Ronald Lathan Christianson and his wife Julie of Plainfield, Illinois, seven grandchildren: Ryan, Andrew, Kyle, Joshua, Jessica, Amanda, and Samantha, one great grandson Alex, and his sisters Eloise Rosendahl of Petaluma, California, Helen Holm of Anchorage, Alaska, and Mardell Olson and her husband Bert of Pleasantville, New York.
Graveside services will be June 11, 2009 and interment will follow at the Linn-Hebron Cemetery in Hebron, Illinois.

Memorials of remembrance may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823.

Graf, Conrad "Connie", 77 - (d. 04 May 2009)

Kuebelbeck, Thomas "Tom", 68 - (d. 22 April 2009)

NAME  Thomas “Tom” A. Kuebelbeck age 68, of  Elburn, passed away at Rush
University Medical Center, Chicago, on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. 

He was born December 18, 1940 in St. Paul, MN, the son of Alfred and Dorothy (Lachowitzer)
Kuebelbeck. 

EDUCATION
Tom grew up in St. Paul and White Bear Lake and attended local schools. 

MILITARY
Shortly after his graduation in 1959, Thomas enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He
faithfully served his country until his honorable discharge on December 12, 1962. 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY    
He returned to civilian life in Chicago where he met the love of his life in February of 1965 and
following a whirlwind courtship, married Raulene Keen in November of that same year. They began
their new life together in Lombard for a time before settling in Elburn in 1972.

OCCUPATION / WORK HISTORY 
Thomas worked for Union Pacific for a time before taking the knowledge and experience he gained in
the Marines to become an Air Traffic Control Supervisor at Chicago Center. He devoted
thirty-five years before his retirement in 1994.Tom came back to the airline industry in 1996 when
he worked as an Air Traffic Manager for United Airlines.  

LIFE NOTES  
Tom was a family man through and through. They were the first on his mind and in his heart in the
morning and they were first when he laid down his head when the day was through. He loved doing
anything and everything with his family including annual vacations on winter break. Tom would drive
the family up to Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula, MI to snowmobile across the wintry landscapes. Summer
days found Tom and his friends on the golf course and the evenings brought late night dips in the
pool where Tom could relax.  When autumn came he could be found with his friends and his dogs
hunting pheasant in South Dakota and when Sunday rolled around, you couldn’t find a bigger
Minnesota Viking fan than Tom. His memory will forever burn bright in the hearts of those who
knew him, but none brighter than those of his family.      

MEMBERSHIPS
A lifetime member, past president and recipient of the Melvin Jones Award, Tom was the
quintessential Elburn Lions Club member. There was never a job that Tom couldn’t do, but if you had
to ask, nothing made him happier that tending the grill. He dedicated thousands of hours to his club
and community and never missed an opportunity to help anyone, anywhere. 

FAMILY MEMBERS
He now leaves his loving wife Raulene, Three children: Robbyn & Gene Streid and their children, Lauryn
and Camryn, of Elburn Todd & Carrie Keubelbeck and their children,
Todd Jr., Blake, and Alexis, of Naperville,  Tamarah & Tim Milroy and their children, Timothy
and Matthew, of Batavia; His mother, Dorothy (Leo) Kurkowski, 
His mother-in-law, Helene Keen, Sister-in-law, Diane Link, 
Two nephews: Bryan and Jason Link and a family of friends. 

PRECEDED  
He now joins his father Alfred and his father-in-law Raymond Keen who preceded him in death.  

MEMORIAL  
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the
Thomas Kuebelbeck Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119.  Tributes and
memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through his obituary at
www.conleycare.com.   

Hills, Marvin D. "Doc", 82 - (d. 16 March 2009)

Marvin D. "Doc" Hills passed away Monday, March 16, 2009. He was born March 27, 1926, in Dalhart, TX, the son of the late Dan and Leota (McKinley) Hills and stepmother Marie Hills.

Doc and his wife, Ardithanne "Andy" (Tilly) Hills, raised their family in the Detroit and Chicago areas. Doc retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1980 after more than 33 years. He and Andy spent their retirement years in New Mexico and Colorado. Doc returned to Aurora after Andy's death in 2003.

Doc is survived by his four children, Jana Sue (Bill) Fitting of North Aurora, Gina (Vince Stricherz) Hills of Seattle; Julie (Bill) Rainen of Prairie Village, KS; and David Hills of Oakland, CA; grandchildren Devin (Marie) Fitting of Lafayette, IN, Brian Fitting of Lafayette, Derek Fitting of Chicago, Sally and Scott Rainen of Prairie Village and Danielle "Dani" (Ben Duke) Hills of Loveland, CO; great-granddaughter Lily Duke of Loveland; and sister Gwen Dallas of Medford, OR.

A celebration of Doc's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009, at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora. Visitation will follow until 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

Remembrances may be made to "Doc and Andy's Bench", c/o Development Dept., The Morten Arboretum, 4200 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL, 60532, or a charity of your choice.

Ciancanelli, Michael S. "Mike", 78 - (d. 27 February 2009)

Michael S. Ciancanelli, age 78, passed away February 27, 2009. Michael retired from the F.A.A. after 37 years. Preceded in death by his parents and 5 siblings. Survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; children: Kim (Ron) Cummings, Kevin (Sandra) and Kristi (David) Kunesh; 7 grandchildren: Nicole (Chuck) Saleen, Trisha Cummings, Matthew (Shannon) Cummings, Jeremy Ciancanelli, Michelle Ciancanelli, Michael Kunesh and Alison Kunesh and 6 great-grandchildren: Brenna, Alyssa, Cody, Mason, Jack and Cameron also by sister, Anna Nardoni.

Memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 7 PM at the White Funeral Home Chapel, 901 3rd Street, Farmington. Friends may call from 3-7 PM. Interment, Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.


-- 2008 --

Dolosic, Joyce

At peace on December 16, 2008 at Rosewood Care Center of Joliet.

Born June 6, 1947in Joliet, IL, Joyce attended St. Francis Academy, graduating in 1965. She was a resident of Aurora, IL for the past 30 years.Joyce worked at APSA in Elwood, IL for seven years, and retired from the FAA, Aurora Center in 2002, where she worked as a computer operator for over 29 years. She was an avid reader, enjoying her retirement by attending the gym and yoga classes, and spending time with her many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Clara Dolosic.

Survived by one sister, Janice Conway; two brothers, Lawrence (Therese) Dolosic and twin brother, John (Kathleen) Dolosic; and several nieces and nephews.

Joyce's family is deeply grateful to the staff of Rosewood Care Center of Joliet, where Joyce received outstanding care and kindness, and Vitas Hospice Care for their support and understanding.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Vitas Hospice Care in Joyce's name would be appreciated. Tezak's

Home to Celebrate Life®

1211 Plainfield Rd., Joliet, IL

815-722-0524

www.tezakfuneralhome.com

A memorial service honoring Joyce will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Rd., Joliet, IL, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 10:00am - 11:00am, service starting at 11:00am.

 

Robinson, Bernard L.

Bernard L. Robinson, 85, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, in a Salem hospital.

He was the son of Byron Robinson and Estelle Lee. He was a veteran of the
U.S. Navy, having seen action during World War II. After his military service,
he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller
in Aurora, Ill. After retiring from the FAA, he became an owner/operator of a
McDonald´s restaurant in Paramount, Calif., for 10 years. He was a member
of Cherokee Village Men´s Golf Association and Highland Elks No. 2539.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Natalie Robinson; three sons, Barry L.
Robinson of Tracy, Calif., Terry L. Robinson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and
Timothy J. Robinson of Shreveport, La.; a granddaughter, Kristen Marie
Robinson; a sister, Helen Lee Bates; and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ben Lee; his
stepmother, Catherine Robinson; and two brothers, Richard B. Robinson
and William J. Robinson.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's of Arkansas.

From the Batesville, Arkansas Daily Guard
Published: Thursday, August 14, 2008

William Dale Hunt    
William Dale Hunt 70, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at his residence in Batavia. He was born October 17, 1937 in Linton, Indiana, the son of Henry William and Vera Modess (nee Foster) Hunt. He was united in marriage to Eldora Darlene Ankenbauer on August 22, 1958 in Kenmare, North Dakota.

William proudly served his country in Korea with the United States Air Force. After his military service, he moved to Oklahoma City for air traffic control training, which brought him to Illinois for his first duty at Midway Airport. After his service at Midway Airport, he transferred to the Aurora Center. He was a member of the Batavia Moose Lodge #0682. William was an avid hunter and fisherman, as he hunted deer, elk, ducks and geese.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Eldora; his two daughters, Patricia (Jack) Davison of Batavia and Julie (Jami) White of Batavia; four grandchildren, Chris and Nick Davison and Holly and Joseph White; a sister, Peggy Hilterbrand of Linton, IN; several nieces and nephews; and many loving friends that offered so much support.

In addition to his parents, William is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Catherine; and a sister, June Cottier.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 3:00 PM at the Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31) in Batavia, where visitation will be held at 1:00 PM until the hour of the service. Rev. Darin Fowler of the St. Charles Free Methodist Church will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to VNA Hospice, 400 North Highland Ave., Aurora, IL 60506.

For additional information please contact the Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia at 630-879-7900 or visit us at www.mossfuneral.com.

Published in the Beacon News from 3/2/2008 - 3/13/2008.

Jerry Owen McCurry, 62, of Henderson, NV, died Feb. 15,
2008. He was a retired air traffic controller and served in the U.S.
Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife,
Hymny P.; sons, Timothy, Jericho and Marc; and daughters, Erin and
Jose. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, with
services immediately following, both at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S.
Eastern Ave., Henderson.

Frank M. Tindill, 83, of Warrenville, formerly of Glen Ellyn, passed away February 25, 2008, beloved husband of Ruth G.; loving father of Janis (James) Witkins, Terry M. (Kathy) and Kristy (Stephen) Wavra; cherished grandfather of Kelly, Kathleen; and great-grandson, Kain Harris. Memorial visitation Wednesday, 4 p.m. until time of memorial service 8 p.m. at Leonard Memorial Home, Ltd., 3S532 Batavia Road, Warrenville. Please omit flowers. If desired, memorial contributions to donor's choice of charity appreciated.

Funeral information 630-393-9449.

Published in the Chicago Tribune on 3/2/2008

Donald E. Elliott - 86
7/9/1921 - 1/4/2008

Donald E. Elliott, 86, of Wedron, IL formerly of Prudenville, MI passed away, Friday, January 4, 2008 at Community Hospital of Ottawa. He was born July 9, 1921 in Ogden Twp., MI, the son of George and Mabel (Fox) Elliott. He married Marjorie Jane MacGregor on December 27, 1947 in Vanderbilt, MI. He was a member of the Shriners, Masons and a lifetime member of the Eastern Stars in Oswego. He retired from Air National Guard and FAA in 1983.

He is survived by three daughters, MaJoria Huebel of Somonauk, JoAnna (Ed Ryan) Elliott of Wedron and Judy Elliott of Wedron; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one sister, Sandy (Dave) Feeley and one brother, Jerry Elliott both of Michigan and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one sister, Beverly.

A Memorial Service will be held at Christler Funeral Home in Houghton Lake, MI in May of 2008. There will be no services locally. Memorials may be directed to the Shriners Hospital for Children 2211 N Oak Park Ave Chicago, IL 60707 For more information or to sign the online guestbook, go to www.TurnerBurkhartFH.com

Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home
606 E. Arnold Road
Sandwich, IL 60548
815-786-2165

 


-- 2007 --

John Ronald GERMATA, 71 of Hudson, Fla., died August 22, 2007. He is survived by wife, Jacquetta; six children and 12 grandchildren. Dobies Funeral Home Hudson, Fla., (727) 868-4441

John F. Walter, 69 of Oshkosh, died Monday, March 19, 2007 at the Aurora Medical Center.

He was born in Seymour,WI on April 6, 1937 the son of Louis C. and Norma Zeidler Walter. On August 10, 1957 he married Joan Kirby in St. Louis, MO. She preceded him in death on August 31, 1992. On October 29, 2004 he married Donna Martinez in Oshkosh.

John was an air traffic controller for over 25 years. He had served his country in the U.S. Army and in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Oshkosh and had also belonged to the Jaycees, Boy Scouts as a Pack Leader, and he belonged to the Wisconsin Club (a "snowbird" club in Alabama).

He is survived by his wife, Donna Walter of Oshkosh; three sons, John (Lindi) Walter of Bartlett, IL, Thomas (Beth) Walter of Montgomery, IL, and William (Jenny) Walter of Montgomery, IL; four daughters, Karen (Michael) Beach of Montgomery, IL, Donna (Michael) Anderson of Montgomery, IL, Mary (Lowell) Bourland of Florence, AL, and Pamela Walter (Glen Ross Jr.) of Oshkosh; step son, Jeffrey Martinez (Carol Alaniz) of Oshkosh; step daughter, Kelly Martinez of Oshkosh; three brothers, James (Norm) Walter of Coral, MI, Gerald Walter of San Francisco, CA, and Louis (Lola) Walter of Neenah, WI; a sister, Rosemary Counard of Green Bay, WI; twenty four grandchildren, Kristen (Patrick Fulla) Cash, James Cash, Joann (Zac) Buchanan, Timothy Green, Daniel Jacob, Abraham Campos, Anthony Campos, Malissa Salazar, Ashley Salazar, Andre' Salazar, Jason Walter, David Walter, Megan Walter, Kellie Walter, Justine Walter, Jordan Walter, Josh Walter, Alison Ross, Matheau Martinez, Thomas Martinez, Teresa Martinez, Jarod Johnson, Genevieve Johnson, and Gary Anderson; two great grandchildren, Brandon Walter and Annabel Haas; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
 

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